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The self-inflicted contraction of Cleveland — and its newspaper

By   /  August 9, 2013  /  Ohio  /  9 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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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