Monthly Archives: July 2012

Background on the Cleveland City Schools 15-mill Levy Request

In the wake of enactment of the Cleveland Plan (HB 525), the Cleveland City Schools announced their intention of asking voters to approve a 15-mill levy this fall.  As voters, and other concerned Ohioans, study the issue it is helpful …

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Despite $16.5 Million Levy, Westerville Teachers Threaten Strike

Despite the passage of a new levy in March, the Westerville teachers union is considering a strike less than a month before the first day of school. This past March, Westerville voters agreed to a new $16.5 million levy costing …

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New Report Debunks Myths Surrounding Public-Private Transportation Projects

In an era of declining transportation funding, public-private partnerships have the potential to offer greater flexibility and increased infrastructure investment. Given their potential, and the importance of the issue to our state’s future, this tool should be evaluated based on …

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Does Ohio Need “Special Elections?”

The thought of elections in Ohio conjures images of the crisp autumn days of a general election, or the rainy spring mornings of a primary election, and lots of advertisements (lots and lots and lots of ads). Although the ads …

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Saving Local Dollars by “Joining Forces” and Moving “Beyond the Boundaries”

Local governments throughout the state have felt the pinch of tightening budgets. Among some of the creative proposals under consideration for solving long-term budget woes is strategic consolidation of government services. An op-ed piece in the Youngstown Vindicator recently hailed …

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Tax Reform NOW!

On July 13, the Columbus Dispatch ran a story that should frustrate every single Ohioan. As the ongoing debate continues over the Kasich Administration proposal to restructure the severance tax – increasing rates for some – an even larger issue …

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The Underside of Collective Bargaining in Schools

In the wake of Issue 2 Collective bargaining remains a controversial topic.  And despite last November’s outcome, collective bargaining remains a roadblock to effective budgeting and efficient government.  Most Ohioans, however, know very little about the issue or how the …

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