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Ohio budget bill ends union Project Labor Agreements in bidding process

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of The Buckeye Institute

The Ohio House passed the annual biennial budget bill but included a provision unions opposed: the end of project labor agreements in the bidding process.

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Special elections in Ohio on chopping block again

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Rep. Steve Hambley, like other legislators before him, believes Ohio’s February special election is a waste of taxpayer money and wants to eliminate it.

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This bill’s for you: Ohio may allow open alcohol containers in special areas

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

OPEN CARRY: Two bills would allow cities to create outdoor refreshment areas where Ohioans could carry open containers of alcohol, but the OLBA has some concerns.

Grab your bottles and cans, Ohio, open containers of alcohol are on the agenda – but only in certain areas and only if your local municipality approves.

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Councilman sues mayor after disclosure of private income tax data

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

ZOMBIE FLYER: The cover of a flyer sent out by Mayor Jeffrey Lansky that claimed Councilman Bill Brownlee had not paid income taxes.

Elected officials in Maple Heights, a five-square-mile city of about 23,000 near Cleveland, are flinging lawsuits at one another, leaving residents to wonder what’s in the water at their City Hall.

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Maple Heights officials settle lawsuit over taping meetings

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

Maple Heights News

It’s not unusual for council members to disagree on issues and sometimes have heated debates. But it is unusual for a council member to be escorted from a meeting by a police chief. It’s even more unusual for the action to result in a lawsuit.

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Ohio No. 1 in transparency, but still has work to do

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

ONLINE CHECKBOOK: Ohio's online checkbook is the primary reason the state jumped to top in the nation for spending transparency

Josh Mandel was surprised to learn that Ohio went from 46 to first in the nation when it comes to public spending websites. “But that number one ranking has just affirmed that what we’re doing has set a new standard for government transparency,” the state treasurer said.

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