Thousands of people around Ohio are beginning to feel the effects of the federal government shutdown. Regional Social Security offices have canceled in-person appointments and the state’s national parks and forests are closed. The advocacy group, Fair Share Ohio, says 25,000 federal employees who live in Ohio stayed at home today and could not go to work.
The impacts of the partial federal government shutdown are beginning to ripple across Ohio.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton has closed, canceling all tours and other events. The museum has some 1 million visitors a year and is a popular place for military reunions. A spokeswoman has said that all but three security staff members of 95 museum employees would be furloughed.
Ohio's ethics agency has warned six of nine directors of public private job creation agency, JobsOhio, that their business interests raise potential conflicts of interest.
The Ohio Ethics Commission identified the six JobsOhio board members, including Chairman James Boland, along with three employees after a routine review of their confidential financial disclosure filings.
A JobsOhio spokeswoman said none of the potential conflicts amounted to anything. She said the board has not played a role in any dealings the flagged companies may have done with the state.
On October first, Ohioans can begin to look at insurance options on the new health care exchanges. The head of Ohio’s Department of Insurance predicts there will be problems but an advocate for the federal health care plan says this will open doors for more than a million Ohioans.
A lawsuit seeking to have the marriages of two gay couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples in Ohio, despite a statewide gay marriage ban.
Attorneys are asking a federal judge to require Ohio's health department to order all funeral directors and coroners in the state to list gay clients as married if they were legally wed in other states.
Judge Timothy Black approved a request to expand the lawsuit Wednesday.