Monthly Archives: December 2011

Well, at Least We Didn’t LOSE Population…

When there is bad news, it is human nature to seek out any silver lining that it can.  Human nature probably is serving Ohioans well when they see the latest U.S. Census numbers that show Ohio’s population growing at a …

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Painful Pension Reality Hits Retirees Hard

A growing number of communities across the nation are caught in between the proverbial rock and a hard place. On one hand, municipal bond holders want their money; on the other, retired public employees want their guaranteed pension benefits with …

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US EPA to Ohio: Merry Christmas- Those Tree Lights Will Cost More Next Year

The U.S. EPA has just given Oho a nice big Christmas gift. I would say it’s a lump of coal, except that would actually be better than the new rules the EPA is preparing to foist upon electricity producers. According …

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Failure to Reform Doomsday Watch: Westerville

So the word “doomsday” may be a bit loaded and even a little over the top.  But it sure must feel like that for many local governments around the state lately as the layoff parade hits the road pretty hard …

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Find Teachers Highest Paid Government Workers

That headline may shock you, but it is absolutely what the U.S. government itself indicates.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division within the U.S. Department of Labor that does nothing but crunch numbers just released its September, 2011 …

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Hate to Say We Told You So… More on the Failure to Reform

We don’t like having to be the ones to say “told you so,” but sometimes things happen that make it impossible not to point out the obvious. For months the Buckeye Institute has made the case that there are only …

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Weathering the Storm? Or How to Not Monitor Taxpayer Money

Ok, we all can forgive a few mistakes here and there. We’re all human right? But how can anyone reasonably justify a mistake that could result in what amounts to $266 million in potentially misspent money- taxpayer money? The Columbus …

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