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A Memorial Day tradition

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

FLAGS: American flags line the street in Toledo, Ohio

On Memorial Day 2002, we drove up to our home to find someone had placed an American flag in our yard. But it wasn’t just our yard. Flags lined the street.

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School districts share spending data on Ohio’s online checkbook

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY: As the first urban school district to sign up for OhioCheckbook.com, Toledo Public Schools hopes to remain on the leading edge of spending transparency.

Transparency in spending is nothing new for the Toledo Public School district, which has published its monthly check register online since 2011. But as the first urban school district in Ohio to sign up for Ohio’s online checkbook, even more financial information will soon be just a click away.

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Permissionless Innovation: Do you need government approval to invent?

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

PERMISSIONLESS: Recent technological advances are the result of innovators creating things without prior approval from government. That approach should govern how we look at emerging technological advances, the book "Permissionless Innovation" argues.

Should innovators need a permission slip from government before they create something? In his recent book, Adam Thierer makes the argument for “permissionless innovation” instead.

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Funding for sports facilities included in Ohio budget bill

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Ohio  /  No Comments

TOURISM DISTRICT: A provision in the House budget bill would create a Tourism Development District for the planned Pro Football Hall of Fame Village depicted in this concept drawring.

Tucked into the more than 3,000 pages detailing the House version of Ohio’s budget bill are two special tax increases – both for sports facilities and both written so that only one county in the state qualifies.

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Ohio hides its $11 billion pension debt

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Truth In Accounting

Ohio hides 99 percent of its retirement debt. The state reported $156 million in pension and health care benefits but actually owes $11 billion.

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Ohio budget bill raises pay for Casino Control Commission

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Gaming revenue in July topped $1 billion in Nevada.

A provision tucked into Ohio’s biennial budget bill would give members of the Ohio Casino Control Commission a temporary pay raise.

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