From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Over the past year, job growth has nearly ground to a halt here in Ohio.  From January through August 2014, Ohio gained only 5,289 jobs according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .  Ohio ranks near the bottom in job growth nationwide.  And while the U.S. has recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, Ohio, under the leadership of John Kasich, is still down over 213,000 jobs.

And whose fault is it?  John Kasich?  Mark Kvamme? JobsOhio?

Well, if you believe a new mailer being circulated by the Kasich campaign, then the blame falls solely […]

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When you go to the polls this year, I suggest you ask yourself—-which side is a candidate on?

Educating our students is the most important investment we can make in our future.  We need to elect leaders who will make public education a priority.  The election is happening now!  Early and absentee voting has already started.  As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses—officials influence what happens in our schools and classrooms, so the midterm elections are very important for education voters.

When education voters  do not participate in elections, we do not get pro-public education […]

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The plucky group of weatherization advocates who spoke with reporters Tuesday morning said that Ohio homes that can benefit from weatherization savings far outnumber the federal and utility dollars in the pipeline to help low-income households keep their combined housing and utility costs under 30 percent, a key standard of housing affordability.

Energy experts representing a progressive economic think tank, a service group that caters to low-income households and an environmental advocacy group made their case that Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program results in home energy cost savings of over 20 percent on average, making it one of the […]

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The Pillars of Democracy Are Not Subject To Debate
by Tom Letson


“We the People,” that’s the way the United States Constitution Preamble starts. Since the founding of this great country we have been defining and broadening just who “We the People” are. While we have expanded the circle of “We the People” we have also expanded the protections that our Constitution guarantees.

The hallmark of our constitutional protections is the Fourteenth Amendment. Contained in that is the Equal Protection Clause. That short statement allows our citizens to rely on our courts to treat each one of us as […]

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Wall Street can pay for the Bridge

by Marek Tyszkiewicz

Elections are job interviews and one of the best interview questions I’ve heard so far in this election is “How would you fund the bankrupt Highway Trust Fund?”

The Highway Trust Fund is a critical source of financing for infrastructure projections across the country. The Association of Civil Engineers gave our nation’s infrastructure a grade of D+. We know it’s bad when pieces of the Brent Spence Bridge fall off and crush cars parked for Bengals games like happened in Cincinnati last month. Money to fix the bridge will likely […]

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