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Residency quotas on public works projects: “Rolling the dice with public health and safety.”

Don Mader, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio, retires in June after 34 years with his respected Ohio trade association. Before stepping down, Don gave an exceptionally eloquent explanation of the harm caused by local …

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White House chief economist supports reduced licensing

By Alan J. Beam The Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors testified February 2 on occupational licensing before a United States Senate Subcommittee.  The White House’s chief economist Jason Furman noted, “The share of the U.S. workforce covered …

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The Ohio Supreme Court case hears a case today that’s crucial for school choice in Ohio

Public schools are misusing public records law to prevent students from learning about K-12 scholarships that help kids leave failing schools The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case involving the Springfield City School District’s sordid …

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Why a new cleveland.com property tax analysis is important for Ohio

Rich Exner, data analysis editor at cleveland.com, has an outstanding analysis today of how property tax rates differ around Ohio. His story has a searchable database for all municipalities and school districts in seven northern Ohio counties, plus a map …

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A solid year for jobs in Ohio in 2015, except for energy industry struggles

By Rea S. Hederman, Jr., and Joe Nichols Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7% in December from 4.5% in November, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because labor force participation rate also increased during the month. How do …

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Why Ohio and other states should win legal fight against Clean Power Plan, despite recent setback

By Joe Nichols The fight against federal carbon dioxide regulations (the “Clean Power Plan”) was dealt a blow on Thursday (January 22) when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt implementation while the Court determines the legality of …

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A not-so exclusive club: State employees earning $100,000+ a year

The number of state government employees earning $100,000 or more increased by 7.5% to 2,226 in 2014, according to an analysis of data on OhioCheckbook.com, the state treasurer’s web site. (Ohio State University does not yet supply salary data, so …

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