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Good, bad news in Ohio’s unemployment rate

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

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There was both good and bad news in the latest unemployment numbers for Ohio. The good news is that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in September. That’s down from 5.7 percent in August.

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What’s next if Ohio ends red light cameras?

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohioans have been struggling with the issue of red light cameras for over a decade, but the debate may soon be over. Senate Bill 342 was passed Wednesday and sent to the House for concurrence, where it is expected to be approved and sent to the governor for his signature.

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Ohio House votes to ban powdered alcohol

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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The Ohio House has passed a measure that would ban crystalline, or powdered, alcohol in the state.

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Ohio wants more regulation ink for piercing, tattoo shops

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Three state representatives want to set up a new board and licensing scheme to regulate Ohio businesses that do body modifications, including tattoos and piercings. The laws regarding body modifications were updated with new regulations that went into effect in August. Those changes were supported by the non-profit Association of Body Art Professionals, but they’re not happy about the latest proposal.

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Ohio’s unfunded pension liability more than $25K per resident

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohio’s public pension plans have so much debt that paying it off today would cost every resident $25,080.

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Ohio bill would give raises, COLA to politicians

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


Is it time for a pay raise for Ohio’s politicians? Rep. Gerald Stebelton thinks so, but some Ohioans we talked to weren’t so sure.

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