From the daily archives: Friday, October 17, 2014

The good news in job figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services [ODJFS] is that Ohio added 6,000 jobs last month. The bad news is that job growth in the Buckeye State is continues below the average for the United States for the 23rd consecutive month. The release today for September will be the final job numbers posted before Election Day arrives on Nov. 4. Continuing to lag the nation doesn’t play well into the job narrative constructed by Governor John Kasich, who won his seat in 2010 by promising to outperform the nation. […]

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At a media event held Thursday morning at Commons at Livingston, the first development of its kind in Ohio that provides 25 one-bedroom apartments for disabled vets and another 25 one-bedroom apartments for chronically homeless and disabled vets, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined a plan to further support the Department of Veterans Affairs goal of eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015. At the event, Sen. Brown, now viewed by many as the top Democratic official in Ohio, announced nearly $220,000 in new federal funding to provide rental assistance and clinical services for homeless veterans in Columbus as part of the […]

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Fire Fighters Support Those Who Support Them
by Mark Sanders

In 2011, Senate Bill 5 opened up many fire fighter’s eyes to the importance of state government. The attack on our professional voice gave rise to a new appreciation of who supported fire fighters and their rights in the Statehouse. We learned who supported us and who did not. We discovered who our true friends were.

2014 gives us the opportunity to again stand up and let our voice be heard. It provides us with another opportunity to remind our elected leaders that we are the ones who elect […]

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Kasich’s Mishandling Of Higher Ed Is A Problem For Everyone
by John McNay

Back in 2007, Ohioans were looking forward to some genuinely positive changes in the state’s approach to higher education. Gov. Ted Strickland recognized that universities and their faculty were genuine assets in building a stronger Ohio and introduced a 10-year plan to improve access and graduation rates. The University System of Ohio, for example, was established and faculty across the state worked together to move the state’s universities to semesters and to make sure that courses, especially the introductory surveys, were compatible and would transfer from […]

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