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The self-inflicted contraction of Cleveland — and its newspaper

By   /  August 9, 2013  /  Ohio  /  9 Comments

SHRINKING: Both Cleveland and its newspaper are shells of their former selves.

Last week, just before converting to a four-day home delivery regime, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reduced its newsroom staff by “about one-third,” telling “about 45 reporters, photographers, designers, editors and clerks … that they no longer had jobs.”

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While most of Ohio stagnates, state government continues to spend

By   /  August 7, 2013  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

There really are two Ohios: Metro Columbus and everyone else.

Ohio’s government is spending money as if it believes happy days are here to stay.

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Ohio’s ‘Common Core’ repeal effort is no sudden surprise

By   /  August 6, 2013  /  Commentary  /  9 Comments

DPI says the lottery for the statewide expansion of school choice in Wisconsin has been completed and parents have been notified.

The effort to keep “Common Core” out of Ohio’s schools hasn’t suddenly appeared.

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Ohio, 7th in spending growth this past decade, is binging again

By   /  July 31, 2013  /  Commentary  /  1 Comment

After a 2-1/2 year hiatus, the Buckeye State has relapsed.

Spending in Ohio is surging … again.
Direct spending in the Buckeye State grew, per capita, by 41.7 percent during the 10 fiscal years that ended in mid-2011, the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group, showed.

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Kasich’s uncertainty hampering Ohio economy

By   /  July 24, 2013  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

Kasich should stop fighting battles he's already lost.

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems oblivious to the damage his political stubbornness is inflicting.

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A tale of three (huge) Ohio tax increases

By   /  July 23, 2013  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

The lowest of the bunch is 24 percent.

By Tom Blumer | for Ohio Watchdog Three proposed tax increases in Ohio communities are so large that they make one wonder if the Buckeye State should revive an old state slogan — “The Heart of It All” — and change it to “The Heart of Taxation.” One of the increases came to my attention in a phone […]

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