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Columbus to Invest $400 Million in Neighborhood Programs

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus to Invest $400 Million in Neighborhood Programs

On Monday, Columbus City Council passed ordinances to authorize a new bond sale totaling just under $400 million, which would be invested into infrastructure, public safety, public housing and other neighborhood-centric programs throughout the city. “Our 2018 capital investments enhance the quality of life for all our residents by upgrading critical infrastructure needs and neighborhood […]

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Metro Parks Launch Campaign for Proposed 0.95-Mill Levy

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Metro Parks Launch Campaign for Proposed 0.95-Mill Levy

On Wednesday, the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks kicked off the campaign for their proposed 10-year levy, which will appear on the local ballot as Issue 3 for the general election on Tuesday, November 6. At 0.95-mill, this levy is a 0.2-mill increase from the levy the public passed in 2009, which expires at […]

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The Three Sides of Ohio Issue 1

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Three Sides of Ohio Issue 1

Ohio Issue 1 is the only statewide measure on the ballot for the general election this November, and people all over the political spectrum have something to say about it. Aimed at reforming drug and criminal justice policies, it would achieve the following: Felony 4 and 5 crimes related to drug possession or use would […]

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Following Public Forums on Proposed Ticket Tax, GCAC Considers New Recommendations for Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Following Public Forums on Proposed Ticket Tax, GCAC Considers New Recommendations for Council

Following the three public forums on the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (GCAC) proposed citywide ticket fee, the organization has considered new recommendations for City Council. Of primary concern to many independent artists and small businesses is how they’d be impacted by a 7 percent ticket tax. Others were unsure of the definition of “event,” as […]

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National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

The debate around criminal justice reform has long been limited to the manner by which potential suspects are arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for their crimes. In mainstream conversations, not much has been said about the treatment of those who are already incarcerated, what kind of wages they earn for the labor they do, what […]

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As Kavanaugh Awaits Confirmation, Some Fear Future of Abortion Access, Affordable Care Act

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega As Kavanaugh Awaits Confirmation, Some Fear Future of Abortion Access, Affordable Care Act

DC isn’t the only place gathering protesters this Tuesday. As the US Senate was holding the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, local activists from a number of organizations gathered outside of Sen. Rob Portman’s office Downtown. They’re calling on Portman, who introduced Kavanaugh at the hearing, and Sen. Sherrod Brown […]

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5 Insights Into Ohio’s Race for Governor

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega 5 Insights Into Ohio’s Race for Governor

With midterm elections just 10 weeks away, campaign season is finally heating up. Election forecasters are predicting an overturn of power in the House and Senate from Republicans to Democrats, with several using the close-call election in Ohio’s District 12 as an indicator of extreme enthusiasm on the left. For the governor’s seat, Democrat Richard […]

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