As politicians shift from the primary to the general election, thousands of high school students face an uncertain road to a diploma due to an inequitable and flawed assessment system. With a long-term solution to the graduation problem a few years away, the legislature applied a temporary, if unproven, fix for the class of 2018. They have yet to act in the interest of the classes of 2019 and 2020 despite increasing pressure to do just that.
Just over a dozen states require students to satisfy the requirements of an assessment system in order to graduate. Ohio is one of […]Full Story... →
From the Huffington Post:
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Friday refused to answer a voter’s questions about a bill critics say will paralyze public health agencies and make it easier for corporations to pollute. He then laughed in the woman’s face when she asked him to stop taking donations from fossil fuel giants.
At the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Meryl Neiman, an entrepreneur and mother of two, confronted […]Full Story... →
Kasich Budget promises cuts to vital programs
In two weeks, Govenor Kasich will introduce his last state budget, and early indications suggest it will reduce services for people who need them the most to pay for tax cuts for people who need them least.
Why cuts? There are two reasons Kasich is asking his agencies to cut spending. First, tax revenue is not growing as fast as forecasts suggested, which is hardly surprising when the state cut income taxes, primarily on those at the very top, for 11 of the past 12 years. On top of the revenue shortfall, Republicans still want […]Full Story... →
National: An End To Food Stamps?
Fox News is currently asking whether the federal food program for people in poverty should be eliminated because of recent data about program fraud. Creating the impression that there is widespread fraud in a federal program is the first step in a messaging war that will be waged as the right-wing prepares to introduce a budget that cuts spending on vital programs in order to pay for a diverse array of tax cuts for the billionaire class that helps keep them in office.
The Washington Post rightly notes that this $70 million in misspending represents just 0.09 […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republican State Representative Mike Duffey took to Facebook this week to explain his somewhat unexpected vote against Senate Bill 127, legislation that will prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill contained no exceptions for rape or incest, and in a 54-37 vote, House members refused to consider an exception for cases in which a physician determines a “fetus has a severe fetal anomaly or is unlikely to survive after birth.” Duffey was one of only 3 Republican lawmakers, all of whom represent Columbus suburbs, to vote against the bill, which passed 64-39.
In a post on his […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republicans, emboldened by Trump’s win in November, this week pushed through two new attacks on women’s abortion rights. Ohio women (and men) are not having it, and are organizing massive protests in response.
Last week, Ohio Senators pulled a sneak attack, reviving the extreme “Heartbeat bill,” legislation that would ban abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, by amending it into an unrealated child abuse bill without a single public hearing. By keeping lawmakers in session throughout the day, the bill (HB493) made it through both chambers of the General Assembly in a single day and headed […]Full Story... →
This post comes to us from Innovation Ohio, where it was originally published.
Today, the Ohio House is moving a bill that radically undermines the notion of local control and ties the hands of communities to set standards for the treatment of workers.
Enshrined into the constitution is a strong commitment to local control, or “home rule”:
Municipalities shall have authority to exercise all powers of local self-government and to adopt and enforce within their limits such local police, sanitary and other similar regulations, as are not in conflict with […]Full Story... →
Plunderbund Action: Contact Your Representative About SB331, the Petland Bill
Yesterday, a House committee held the first of two hearings this week on the controversial measure to block local ordinances regarding the sale of puppies from commercial breeders. As we noted before, the bill represents erodes local control, undoing the hard work of advocates and elected officials who have gotten laws passed in Toledo and Grove City, and contains a loophole to permit the sale from self-defined “hobby breeders,” a category not subject to oversight by the state under the bill.
Bill sponsor Senator Bob Peterson defended the loophole, […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republicans, at the urging of the Petland chain of stores and their lobbyists, are planning to pass a bill that would overturn local ordinances that regulate pet stores and the dog breeders they purchase from. The laws, in effect in communities including Toledo and Grove City, were passed to crack down on the sale of dogs from unethical commercial breeders running puppy mills – facilities where dogs are kept in inhumane and unsanitary conditions and often carry disease or genetic conditions.
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger regurgitates the lobbyists’ talking points explains:
“It’s important that we not look […]Full Story... →
Last year, Republican State Representative Barbara Sears introduced a bill (HB394) aimed at making Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund solvent again after it took a beating during the recession. The bill was an extreme, right wing, anti-worker wish list, written with the help of business groups and without input from labor
HB394 dramatically reduced the length of time a worker collects benefits while unemployed, eliminated bonus pay for workers with dependents, added mandatory drug testing for unemployed workers, all while leaving employers paying the same as they have been since 1995, only instituting a modest increase if a downturn drains the trust fund.
Hearings for HB394 […]Full Story... →
David Pepper hits his talking points, leaning forward, fingers crossed, arms on the meeting room table at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Columbus. He’s dressed in campaign casual: Blue blazer, khakis, light-blue checkered button down.
He deploys his argument tightly, expertly. He knows construction. A former managing editor of the Yale Daily News, Pepper understands concision and the economy of words. He’ll wax on, but only when he feels like it or when his passion is stoked. That’s when the flames leap.
“It’s a foundational issue: You cannot have an attorney general of a state who is the worst […]Full Story... →