Loss of federal unemployment aid may cost Ohio more than help it: The Wake Up for Monday, May 24, 2021

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$300 a week: Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to cut off $300-a-week federal unemployment supplements to jobless Ohioans will prevent an estimated $1 billion infusion into the economy this summer. That’s a whole lot of taxpayer dollars that won’t be available for discretionary spending — or to pay bills, buy food or provide for other necessities of life. Peter Krouse asks whether ending the payments translates to an overall economic loss of as much as $1.6 billion or whether it will ween the jobless off unemployment and restart sectors of the economy jammed up by a lack of willing workers.

FirstEnergy: In the past seven months, FirstEnergy Corp. appeared to follow the playbook of how to move beyond a political scandal. It fired top executives, dropped its longtime lobbyists in Columbus, brought in a new ethics officer and said it was cooperating with the Justice Department. Now, the company in legal documents insists its payments were campaign contributions, rather than bribes. What’s the plan? John Caniglia reports that experts say the company is simply attempting to handle shareholders’ lawsuits, prosecutors and regulators.

Asphalt plant: A plan to build messy and smelly asphalt and concrete plants near the much-anticipated Opportunity Corridor has stirred concerns that could delay and perhaps derail the proposal. Robert Higgs reports that City Council members echoed concerns of critics, who say the concept does not fit the original vision for residential, commercial and light industrial growth along the $306 million roadway that will link University Circle to Interstates 77 and 490.

Opportunity Corridor: The Cleveland City Planning Commission on Friday unanimously approved rezoning a large parcel along the future Opportunity Corridor to accommodate a proposed cold storage facility designed to serve a cluster of food-related businesses nearby, Steven Litt reports. Mayor Frank Jackson requested the zoning change as part of a plan established in 2017 with strong community support. Yet as members of the planning commission pointed out, the rezoning contrasts sharply with the administration’s controversial proposal to place a construction training institute with concrete and asphalt plants on an adjacent parcel.

Offices reopening: More Cleveland-area companies are taking steps to bring employees back to the office as coronavirus vaccinations increase and case numbers drop. Business leaders say they don’t know whether a return to normal office life will last because they need to reconsider their budget capacity for rent. Eric Heisig speaks to Northeast Ohio’s biggest corporations about their plans to reopen offices.

This Week in the CLE: Vaccination predictions largely follow political lines, with rates higher in states that voted for President Joe Biden than for Donald Trump. We’re talking about the divide on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s half-hour news podcast.

New numbers: The Ohio Department of Health reported 683 new coronavirus cases Sunday, with the total case number increasing to 1,097,300, which includes confirmed and probable cases, Cameron Fields reports. Eighty-one more Ohioans died with COVID-19 and 1,004 new cases were added Friday. The state reported 871 cases on Saturday.

Breeze Airways: Breeze Airways, a brand-new airline, will start flying out of the Akron-Canton Airport this summer to three destinations – Tampa, Fla., New Orleans, and Charleston, S.C. Susan Glaser reports the new service starts June 26, focusing on leisure travelers and offering fares as low as $39 one way. John Glenn Columbus International Airport will also launch service from Breeze next month, to five markets.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. (Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press file photo)

Anthony Gonzalez: U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez said Friday the Republican Party needs to re-evaluate its current standing in the federal government before it demonizes GOP members who are not loyal to former President Donald Trump. Seth Richardson reports from a virtual City Club of Cleveland forum that the Rocky River congressman said efforts to oust members like him and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney are shortsighted.

Ken Johnson: Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson intends to appeal his suspension, which was handed down by an Ohio Supreme Court panel a month ago. Robert Higgs reports that Johnson, who is under federal indictment, was suspended April 20 by a panel of three retired judges, but continues to receive his regular pay.

July 4: Fireworks are back! Light Up the Lake, Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s annual free, family-friendly fireworks show – is back after a pandemic hiatus, scheduled for July 4. Marc Bona reports that fireworks are slated to go off from Dock 20, southwest of FirstEnergy Stadium.

Cedar Point: Cedar Point announced Friday that the park will close for select weekdays in June because of staffing shortages. Susan Glaser reports the park is increasing pay to $20 per hour, a 100% increase over last year, to recruit more workers.

May Show: The Cleveland Museum of Art’s once annual May Show provided a regular burst of attention for local artists within the august confines of the museum. Steven Litt reports the museum discontinued the exhibition in 1993, but a number of enthusiasts fervently wish the museum would bring it back.

No rain: The summer heat is sneaking into spring. Cameron Fields reports that now that the ground is finally warm enough to plant flower and vegetable gardens, Clevelanders need to get out the hose to water their tiny tomato seedlings and big zinnia blooms.

Our coronavirus timeline covers changes at Giant Eagle, news about Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery, facts and news in Ohio, the country and the world May 22.

Our coronavirus timeline covers changes at Giant Eagle, news about Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery, facts and news in Ohio, the country and the world May 22.

COVID timeline: CNN says almost a year after closing its borders, the European Union agreed to allow entry to vaccinated travelers from countries with low infection rates. Marc Bona recounts last week’s big coronavirus news in his weekly timeline.

Music Box: The Music Box Supper Club has endured tough challenges through the pandemic. Anne Nickoloff reports that it has pushed forward with live shows and takes a look at the venue as it prepares to host larger gatherings.

Tough guys: Cleveland.com’s sister site, Glamour, asked 70 men from 5-75 years old: What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?

House of the Week: Built in 2014, this modern home in Little Italy has three bedrooms (each with its own balcony) and 2.5 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. One focal point is a 400-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar enclosed in glass. But the pièce de résistance is the top floor, where indoor and outdoor living come together to create one cohesive entertaining space with panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhood and city skyline. Joey Morona reports the home is available for $1.5 million.

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