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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 […]


Columbus wants profit sharing on Grandview Yard

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Dispatch: Columbus’ request for $37 million, tax money unwelcome By Martin Rozenman and Robert Vitale Columbus wants a piece of the profit from a development planned just outside its border, and it’s threatening to fight federal aid for Grandview Heights unless the suburb ponies up. Columbus officials want $37 million over the next […]


Ohio Senate OKs Passenger Rail Plan for 3C Corridor

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp

From The Newark Advocate: Ohio Senate OKs rail plan; GOP still skeptical Republicans who control the Ohio Senate will allow the state to pursue $250 million in federal stimulus funding for passenger rail service between major cities. But they want the full Legislature to approve any construction if Ohio gets the money. The Senate Highways […]


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, […]


City budget solutions are not completely required

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Dispatch: Advisory group pitched $250 million worth to cover $120 million hole By Robert Vitale You might end up paying higher taxes. You might get a bill for trash pickup. You might see red-light cameras flashing off tickets at more intersections. But it’s unlikely that you’ll get hit all at once. The economic […]


Obama to Attend Police Recruit Graduation

 Submitted News

From WBNS 10TV: Obama Agrees To Attend Police Recruit Graduation Police sources confirmed Friday that President Barack Obama has agreed to travel to Columbus for next week’s police recruit graduation ceremony. The Columbus Division of Police recruit class is tentatively scheduled to graduate next Friday. [Read More]


Casino could be back on the ballot in November

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From The Dispatch: Casino in Columbus is part of latest proposal for Ohio vote, sources say By James Nash Two gambling companies that were on opposite sides of last year’s unsuccessful campaign to put a casino in southwestern Ohio are poised to join forces on a new measure to build four casinos in the state. […]


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