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Browns Cut DB Joe Haden

 

The Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of Defensive Back Joe Haden.

 

Haden joined the Browns as a first-round pick in 2010 and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

 

On clevelandbrowns.com......“We want to thank Joe for all he has done for this organization both on and off the field,” said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. “He has been a great teammate and a true asset to the Cleveland community. These are very difficult decisions, we have the utmost respect for Joe and in my eyes, he will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

 

He appeared in 90 games with 81 starts and logged 376 tackles, 101 passes defensed, 19 interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

 

“Joe gave everything he had for the Cleveland Browns and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. “He was a leader on and off the field. I wish him all the best as he continues his career.”

 

Last season, he started in 13 games and totaled 48 tackles, 11 passes defensed and tied for the team-lead with three interceptions.

 

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State Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly in July

 

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July 2017, up from 5.0 percent in June 2017.

 

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month.

 

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 300,000, up 9,000 from 291,000 in June.

 

The number of unemployed has increased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

 

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in June and down from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

 

County by county unemployment rates for the state will be released on Tuesday.

 

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New Ohio Business Filings Up in July

 
COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced 8,800 new entities filed to do business in Ohio throughout the month of July, an increase of 1,279 when compared to the same month in 2016.
 
So far, 71,979 new entities have filed to do business in Ohio this year. Due to the use of Ohio Business Central, the online business filing site founded by Secretary Husted in 2013, this number continues to climb. Already in 2017, three out of every four entities founded were started online. From the time Ohio Business Central was launched until the end of July 2017, the Secretary of State’s Office has processed over 274,196 online filings.
July 2017 marked 21 months since Secretary Husted reduced the cost of starting and maintaining a business in the Buckeye State by 21 percent. This change has saved Ohio businesses over $4.5 million to date.
 
Secretary Husted’s efforts to cut costs don’t stop there. In fact, his request for a 100 percent cut in the amount of tax dollars needed to run his office was recently approved in the state’s budget. Husted’s request will save taxpayers nearly $5 million in the next two years. Secretary Husted was able to do this because of his wise financial stewardship. During his first term, he reduced spending by $14.5 million, a 16 percent reduction when compared to the previous administration. Secretary Husted is also operating his office with nearly 40 percent fewer staff and payroll costs at the Secretary of State’s Office are at the lowest level in 10 years.
 
Secretary Husted’s success in improving customer service is also apparent by the fact that more people are choosing Ohio as the place to do business. Earlier this year he announced that 2016 was the seventh consecutive year the state has seen a record number of new entities filing to do business in Ohio  (read more). With strong filing growth in the first quarter of 2017, Ohio is well on its way to another record year. 
 
Though the most visible role of the Secretary of State is that of chief elections officer, the office is also the first stop for individuals or companies who want to file and start a business in Ohio. While recognizing these numbers can’t provide a complete picture of Ohio’s jobs climate, they are an important indicator of economic activity that Secretary Husted hopes will add to the ongoing discussion of how to improve the state’s overall climate for business. 

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Sales Tax Holiday Underway in Ohio

 

The sales tax holiday started today 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
 

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
 

Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
 

School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
 

School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.     
 

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

 

For more details you can visit tax-dot-ohio-dot-com

 

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Nominations For Service Academies Sought

 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown encouraged Ohioans to seek nomination from his office to U.S. service academies for 2018 admission.

Brown’s office will accept completed application packets from now until the deadline of September 22, 2017.

 

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

 

Students interested in applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy do not need a congressional recommendation.

 

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Ohio AG Offers Consumer Protection Tips During Sales Tax Holiday

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today 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 know that many disputes are the result of a misunderstanding. We put an emphasis on prevention to help people avoid problems and make the most of their money.”
 
During the sales tax holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
 
.Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
 
.School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and 
 
.School instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less.      
 
The Ohio Department of Taxation provides detailed information about the sales tax holiday on its website, including FAQs about what is and what is not exempt from sales tax during the holiday. 
 
Tips for consumers include:
 
.Plan ahead. The sales tax holiday runs from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Determine in advance the purchases you want to make, and review the Department of Taxation’s FAQs to understand what is and what is not exempt from sales and use tax during the sales tax holiday. Also research sellers’ reputations by reading customer reviews and checking for complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau.
 
.Understand return policies before you buy. In Ohio, sellers can choose to set their own return policies, including policies of “no returns,” but they should clearly tell you what their return policy is before you check out or complete the transaction. For example, the return policy shouldn’t be posted only on the back of a receipt.
 
.Stay safe online. Research websites you plan to use, and make sure a website is secure before you enter any personal information or payment details. In the web address, look for the “s” in “https” and/or a lock symbol to help ensure a website has security features. Also consider paying with a credit card, which generally gives you stronger protections to dispute unauthorized charges.  
 
.Check the exclusions and limitations of an offer. Exclusions and limitations must be clearly disclosed in advertisements, including online, so review terms and conditions carefully before you go to the store or make a purchase.
 
.Keep your receipts. Maintaining a complete record of a sale will help you handle problems that may arise after the purchase. Keep receipts, copies of advertisements, photos of products, and other documentation until the transaction and billing process are complete. 
 
.Monitor your accounts. Regularly check your credit card and bank accounts for unauthorized charges or unexpected activity. If you find problems, immediately notify your credit card provider or bank. The sooner you identify a problem, the sooner you can work to correct it. 
 
.Protect your personal information. Don’t carry around extra, unneeded credit cards, debit cards, or other sensitive information in your wallet or purse. Also limit giving out your personal information. Check privacy policies to see how sellers will use your information.
 
.Watch for scams and identity theft. Con artists operate year round. If you receive a message saying you’ve won the lottery, the IRS is coming to arrest you, or a family member is out of the country and in need of money immediately, it’s likely a scam. Also, help watch for signs of potential identity theft by checking your credit report using www.AnnualCreditReport.com.

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