At least one state lawmaker isn't ready to toast plans for a new bar serving alcohol in the Ohio Statehouse.
Republican Rep. Rex Damschroder says the decision by the board overseeing the state Capitol building "sends a very negative message." The lawmaker from Fremont in northwest Ohio tells the board in a letter that he's not aware of any other U.S. statehouse with a fully operational bar.
Ohio Statehouse managers said recently that the full-service bar would open next month within an existing cafe.
Counties in the Midwest and South that have a high number of autoworkers have seen a jump in economic stress levels, according to an Associated Press monthly analysis.
But Midwestern states also have seen the largest decreases in economic stress since the recession ended. That's primarily because of growth in manufacturing. Ohio has added 76 hundred factory jobs in the past year.
The AP's Stress index calculates a score from 1 to 100 based on unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates. A higher score signifies more economic stress.
After serving four months as the Ohio Development Leader, Jim Leftwich is leaving the position.
Gov. John Kasich's office stated that as Leftwich plans to return to the private sector, Christiane "Chris" Schmenk, general counsel for the Ohio Department of Development, will take over. Schmenk will lead the department's reorganization as the state's economic development efforts are moved to the new nonprofit private corporation JobsOhio. Schmenk will assume the director's role on Aug. 1.