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Noon(ish): Sherwin-Williams Stays; EdChoice Ends (Maybe?)

The company was founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland in 1866. [Mike Mozart / Flickr]
Sherwin-Williams paint store sign with the company's "Cover the Earth" logo

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After months of rumors, international paint giant Sherwin-Williams confirmed this morning it is staying put in Northeast Ohio. It’s going to build new headquarters on that ugly “parking crater” in Downtown Cleveland, not far from its current HQ, and new research and development facilities in Brecksville.

Cleveland dodged a bullet with this decision. The city and the region stood to lose about 3,500 jobs if Sherwin-Williams had chosen to move elsewhere.

The company’s announcement must have local economic development officials feeling very “Naval.” The deep navy blue Sherwin-Williams  2020 Color of the Year “creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.”

I doubt that the Republican leadership in Ohio’s Senate is feeling “calm and grounded,” following the House vote yesterday to totally revamp the state’s school voucher program.

In an 88-7 vote, the House passed a bill that would get rid of school performance-based EdChoice vouchers, replacing them with income-based Buckeye Opportunity Scholarships.

“It's bold,” said Speaker Larry Householder. “But sometimes you just gotta have guts.”

Earlier attempts to reach agreement on an overhaul of the EdChoice program ended in a stalemate, a delay in the application process and a lawsuit.

How will this turn out? Color me curious. 

See you bright and early tomorrow morning on the radio,
Amy Eddings

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