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Seven Columbus Rec Centers Receive New Funding

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Press Release: City Council Fulfills Promise to Restore Recreational Programming Two months after 11 recreation centers were closed in a cost-cutting measure to pass a balanced budget, City Council has drafted legislation to enter into agreements to reopen, or begin limited services, at seven of the centers.  The legislation also continues the modest level of […]

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Should Columbus Have a Cell-Phone Driving Ban?

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Earlier this week Cleveland City Council proposed to ban the use of cell phones while operating an automobile and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has stated that he supports the proposal. Their proposal calls for a warning on the first offense, a $100 ticket on the second, and $250 tickets after that. Currently, the use of […]

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Most Voters OK with a State Tax Increase

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Dispatch Daily Briefing Blog: Most voters OK with a tax increase Posted by Catherine Candisky, Statehouse reporter A majority of Ohioans favor a tax increase to avoid severe cuts in state services, according to a new poll released today. According to the survey, 57 percent of Ohioans favor a state budget proposal that […]

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Possible Milk Order Changes Could Adversely Affect Snowville

Anne Evans Anne Evans

Recently, there have been proposals submitted to the USDA to “consider changes to the producer-handler and exempt plant provisions in all federal milk marketing orders.” (USDA Office of Communications). In January, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association submitted changes to eliminate the producer-handler exemption in an effort to close a […]

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Payday Lenders Continue to Work Around the Rules

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Dispatch: Bill would close payday loopholes By Jim Siegel With the Ohio Department of Commerce either unwilling or unable to take action, state lawmakers are ready to take another swing at payday lenders. About 1,000 payday-lending stores have continued to operate in Ohio and charge fees well above the 28 percent cap on […]

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The Upper Arlington Library Levy on May 5th

 A. Miller

The UA Library system is in need of updating many mechanical systems that are well beyond their useful life as well as preparing the buildings for the next quarter century of life. It’s been 25 years since the last major library improvements and this levy is expected to take the library through another 25. Needless […]

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Passenger Rail Torpedoed by Ohio Senate GOP?

Walker Evans Walker Evans

A pivotal vote is coming in the Ohio Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, possibly as soon as tomorrow, deciding the fate of passenger rail through Columbus. H.B. 2, which contains language that would fund the Ohio Hub 3C Project, had amendments due to Chairman Patton’s office today at noon. One of those amendments, I suspect, […]

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