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Democrats launch long-shot bid to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3:53 PM


            Groups have been lobbying for raising the minimum wage to $15 for years. The members of Raise Up Cleveland along with the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 held a rally in 2016 in front of a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. (Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer)
Groups have been lobbying for raising the minimum wage to $15 for years. The members of Raise Up Cleveland along with the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 held a rally in 2016 in front of a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. (Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer)

Democrat lawmakers and advocates for workers want to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, which would mean a pay hike for 1.8 million Ohioans.

But the supporters readily admitted that there is little appetite for such a move among business groups and Republicans who control the Ohio General Assembly.

Don Boyd, director of labor and legal affairs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, said “Generally speaking, we believe the free market should set the minimum wage, not the government.”

Boyd added that boosting the minimum wage could lead to job losses and higher prices for consumers.

Related: Study finds boosting minimum wage could lead to job losses

Still, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, said, “I’ve been down here for nine years. You got to start somewhere. You got to start putting pressure on people. You got to have the conversations.”

In 2006, Ohio voted 56.65 percent to 43.35 percent in favor of a constitutional amendment that set the state minimum wage at $6.85 an hour and tied future annual increases to inflation. It exempts workers under 16 and small businesses.

Ohio’s minimum wage for 2018 is $8.30 an hour.

Related: Ohio’s minimum wage inches up 15-cents per hour for 2018

The federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour, was last increased in July 2009.

Eighteen states — Ohio among them — began 2018 with higher minimum wages, including 11 states that did so through legislation or ballot issues, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California, New York and the District of Columbia each have plans in place to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour over time.

Nationwide, 29 states and D.C. set minimum wages above the federal minimum wage. Five southern states have not adopted a state minimum wage.

Related: Report shows nearly 100,000 Ohioans earning less than minimum wage

The plan is to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $12 an hour in 2019 and raise it 50 each year until it hits $15 an hour in 2025, said state Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati.

Hannah Halbert of Policy Matters Ohio, a left-leaning research think tank, said while Ohio’s economy has grown more than 65 percent in a generation, the poorest 30 percent of workers have lost buying power with their wages since 1979.

“The bottom line is wages in Ohio are just too low. A family of three with the sole breadwinner, again, working full-time year-round at minimum wage would earn $3,500 below the poverty line,” Halbert said. “Raising the age to $15 by 2025 would just simply restore some of the lost purchasing power, helping working families and increasing local spending.”

Raising the minimum wage would mean household income could go up for 700,000 children. “That’s a big deal in a state where one in five children are being raised in poverty,” Halbert said.

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Hamilton police investigating dead body found in Millikin Woods

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:14 AM


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Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit confirms a dead body has been found at Millikin Woods this morning.

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The Butler County coroner is on the scene with police at Millikin Woods, according to a tweet from the police chief.

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Trash truck crashes into nursing home in Xenia

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Trash truck strikes nursing home in Xenia

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m.:

The driver of a Rumpke trash truck was transported to an area hospital after crashing into the Greenewood Manor nursing home in Xenia Thursday morning. 

The driver is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

No one inside the nursing home was injured. 

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

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Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenewood Manor at 711 Dayton Xenia Road around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

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While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Showers, storms could bring heavy downpours & gusty winds

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers and storms this morning
  • More showers and storms this afternoon/evening
  • Strong storms possible Friday

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: More showers and storms are likely at times today. There will be breaks for some dry time, but periodically through the day we will have showers and storms move through, including the evening commute home. 

“Heavy downpours and gusty winds will be our biggest concern, but overall the severe threat is not very high”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Highs today will be in the upper 70s.

>>LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive HD Radar

TONIGHT: The chance for a few lingering showers or storms continues overnight. Temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s.

FRIDAY: More showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe, are likely, especially later in the afternoon into the evening hours. Highs peak near 80 degrees.

>> County-by-County Weather 

SATURDAY: A few lingering showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. We should dry out later in the day with highs reaching the upper 70s. 

SUNDAY: A mainly dry day with a stray shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies for the day with temperatures approaching the mid-80s. 

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Driver surprised by snake surrounding leg while driving

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

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A woman said she was driving when she felt something on her leg. And it wasn’t her imagination. The unidentified woman saw a six-foot-long snake slithering up her leg, WSPA reported.

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A pest removal service in Rutherford County said that a customer of theirs had a box in her car that she was taking to the dump. The box had been sitting outside and the snake had crawled in. The Bug Man reminded people in its Facebook post about the incident, to always check boxes and planters before moving them. Snakes and other critters can make containers their home.

She called police for help and they got the serpent out of her vehicle using snake tongs, WSPA reported.

The stowaway’s story doesn’t end there. The snake actually got out of its container while police were relocating it, but eventually got out of the police car and made its way into a creek, WSPA reported.

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