Governor DeWine signs legislation adopting new congressional district map

 

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 258 (McColley) into law. The legislation creates new district boundaries for Ohio’s 15 Congressional districts. As a reminder, Ohio is losing one Congressional seat due to population loss, as recorded by the 2020 U.S. Census.

Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new Congressional map have already been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court. Plaintiffs argue the map does not pass constitutional muster because it seeks to dilute votes in heavily Democratic areas of both Northeast and Southwest Ohio by intentionally splitting such communities into separate Congressional Districts. However, Republican leaders insist that the new map provides partisan balance based on statewide election data from the past decade, and that there are a number of more competitive districts with this new map than there are with the current map created back in 2011.

So long as the new map withstands legal challenges, these new Congressional boundaries will remain in effect for four years, as the legislation did not receive the constitutionally mandated bipartisan support from the legislature that is required for a 10-year map.

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    Progress Made to Close the Digital Divide, but the Need is Still Huge: Here’s How You Can Help

     

    There is some good news to share about Greater Cleveland’s digital divide: Since last August, the Cleveland-area corporate community has donated more than 6,000 computers to PCs for People for low-income families. These donations have allowed students to learn remotely, seniors to attend e-health conferences with their caregivers, and many more to work from home or find employment.

    However, the need is still huge. Currently, PCs for People has a waiting list of families in need of a home computer. At the same time, there has been a decline in PC donations over the past few months. We do not want to lose the momentum that we have generated since August. Our community has made progress, but if we are going to help close the digital divide, we cannot stop now.

    Please continue to donate your used computers and electronic devices to PCs for People. If you have not donated, and your business is interested in partnering with PCs for People, please contact Bryan Mauk, Executive Director of PCs for People Cleveland, at bmauk@pcsforpeople.org. Or if you prefer to make a cash donation, please contribute to the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund at clevelandfoundation.org/DigitalEquity.

    Together we can continue to maximize our impact and work to eliminate the inequalities that are exacerbated by our region’s digital divide, but we must keep up the work.

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    3 things to know: Retaining talent

     

    The pandemic has brought about staff shortages, businesses with limited hours, and countless help wanted signs. As a small business owner, it’s important to know why employees are leaving their jobs and how to retain good talent at your workplace.

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    3 Things to Know: Returning to the Office

     

    With a decrease in the number of cases, a better understanding about all things COVID-19, and more people being vaccinated, a return to working in the office is either already here or on the horizon for many businesses.

    If you are in the process of or are considering moving from remote to in-person work for your team, check out these things we think you should know as you make the transition.

    First thing to know: You need a plan.

    You might think you can just pick up where you left off when your team was last in the office over a year ago. But a lot has happened since then—and a lot has changed. There is a greater awareness of germs and cleanliness for sure, but there’s also an increased understanding of which types of jobs could be conducted in person and which types of jobs need to be conducted face to face.

    Putting a plan in place should start with a thorough analysis and consideration of the needs and desires of your team, your customers, and other people and businesses your business does business with. Use these guidelines as you work on your plan to transition from remote to in-person working.

    Second thing to know: Keep a good work-life balance.

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