Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Ohio Hates You!”  A Preview of Coming Attractions at the Ballot?

Having watched the entire floor debate in the Ohio House over Senate Bill 5 from the balcony among a large contingent of union protesters, I can say without doubt, that political debate has gone downhill. It is not surprising that …

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States Overly Dependent Upon Wealthy Pay the Price

As the Wall Street Journal reported in “The Price of Taxing the Rich ,” states heavily dependent upon income taxes have been hit especially hard in the economic downturn.  For example, the top 1 percent of income earners in California …

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The Changing Paradigm

As when a Cold War kremlinologist read Pravda, useful insights can be gleamed from the pages of liberal publications like The New Republic. Call it opposition research. In its April 7 edition, TNR talks about teachers’ unions in a way …

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Is Ohio’s Population Shrinking?

The 2010 Census results reveal some bad news about Ohio.  Of the major cities in the United States, three of the ten biggest population losers since 2000 are in Ohio.  Cleveland, with a loss of 17.1 percent of its population, falls just …

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You Tube: The New Worker Protection

This weekend marked the 100th anniversary of one of the darkest days in history for the American worker, the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, 129 women and 17 men, most of …

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A Common Sense Law

With all the media attention on SB 5, the collective bargaining reform bill, it is easy to lose sight of other efforts being made by the Kasich Administration and Republican legislature to address to boost Ohio’s economy which many believe …

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Are the Blind Leading the Blind?  The Challenges of Confronting Ohio’s “Pac-Man”

In Ohio it seems as if “Pac-Man” is on the march. While Governor Kasich and many in the policy community seem to “get it”, the general public’s lack of knowledge about what is driving both federal deficits and state spending …

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