Ohio home and auto insurance rates remain steady

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment today announced that the average rate changes in 2016 for the top 10 homeowners and private passenger auto insurance groups in Ohio increased 1.9 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Ohioans pay among the lowest average insurance premiums for homeowners and auto insurance. “Ohio’s insurance market continues to grow […]

OSU announces plan to cover full cost of tuition for Ohio Pell families

The Ohio State University will increase aid to provide an unprecedented affordability commitment for in-state students. The university will ensure that all in-state students who qualify for Pell Grants — a key federal program for students with financial need — receive an aid package that covers the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees. The […]

Ohio AG offers consumer tips following Equifax breach announcement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered tips for consumers following the recent announcement by Equifax, one of the country’s three main credit reporting bureaus, of a data breach affecting some 143 million United States consumers. Equifax has reported that the information was compromised between May and July of this year and includes names, Social Security numbers, […]

Tips for navigating Ohio’s Sales Tax holiday

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered consumer protection tips ahead of Ohio’s sales tax holiday, which runs this Friday through Sunday. “As people take advantage of the sales tax holiday and complete their back-to-school shopping, we want them to be prepared,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’ve helped thousands of people resolve consumer complaints, and we […]

Record amount of missing money returned through State’s unclaimed funds division

The Division of Unclaimed Funds returned more than $96.4 million to Ohioans in Fiscal Year 2017. That is an 18 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2016, when $81.4 million was returned. Division staff paid more than 60,000 claims, and the average claim was $1,598. “Thanks to the hard work and diligence of Division staff, more […]

Lawmakers approve Ohio Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school items

Ohio consumers will again get a back-to-school sales tax break on clothing, school supplies and instructional materials in August. The Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday approved the third annual sales tax holiday for Aug. 4-6. The bill cleared the House in a 92-1 vote and the Senate in a 30-1 vote. If Gov. John […]

Group of medical professionals, veterans, businesses form up against prescription drug ballot issue

Ohio medical professionals, veterans’ groups and business interests are lining up against a statewide ballot measure promising lower prescription drug prices. Opponents to the “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” say the proposed law would actually increase drug costs for the majority of Ohioans. And they’ll likely spend tens of millions of dollars trying to convince […]

PUCO adopts agreement in Aqua Ohio rate case

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has adopted an agreement authorizing Aqua Ohio to increase its rates for water service. Marion customers will see a 5.7 percent increase in their bills. The approved settlement authorizes Aqua Ohio to increase water distribution rates by $4.2 million annually and sets a 7.47 percent rate of return […]

PUCO and Ohio EPA promote “Fix a Leak Week”

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water per year in the United States alone. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. Together with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 20–26, […]

Ohio bill would cap interest on “pay day” loans

Interest on short-term loans would be capped at a 28 percent annual percentage rate under bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday in the Ohio House. The bill limits payday loan lenders from charging more than 28 percent interest plus monthly fees of 5 percent on the first $400 loaned, or a maximum of $20. The bill also […]