Ohio Economists Uncertain About Sports Betting Impact

A group of Ohio economists are not as certain about the economic impact of legalized sports betting in Ohio as a national gaming research group that predicted the state eventually would be one of the largest gambling markets in the country.

Only 10 of the 23 state economists surveyed agreed legalized sports betting would outweigh the economic costs of intervention for problems associated with gambling addiction, according to a recent survey from Scioto Analysis, a central Ohio group that provides analysis of issues around the state.

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Report: Coal Subsidies Bad for Ohio Taxpayers

A group of Ohio economists believes government subsidies for coal power plants create distortions in the market, eliminates competition and does not produce positive results, according to a new survey from Scioto Analysis.

State leaders continue to pick apart House Bill 6, the scandal-ridden energy bill passed two years ago that produced billions of dollars for two state nuclear power plants but also included subsidies for coal plants and renewable energy producers. It also led to what federal prosecutors call the largest government corruption scandal in state history and the ouster of indicted former Speaker of the House Larry Householder.

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Study: Tax Credits Most Effective Tool to Lift Ohioans from Poverty

Tax credits pulled a quarter million Ohioans out of poverty over the course of a year in 2018, according to a Columbus-based policy analysis group’s study.

Scioto Analysis called its study, which was released Tuesday and based on 2018 American Community Survey data, the most accurate picture of poverty in Ohio to date.

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Most Ohio University Economists Say Opening Schools Will Provide Economic Boost

With Ohio moving closer to vaccinating school employees with the goal of getting more students back in the classroom, state economists say a return to school statewide should provide a boost to the economy.

But, back to school won’t mean a quick economic fix, the experts say.

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