Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) en Kasich Lauded for Autism Mandate, But Move Has Critics <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-size: 13px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Ohio Governor John Kasich was lauded Wednesday by dozens of state legislators and parents of children with auti Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 27447 at Changes in Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Law Dead For Now But Could Resurface <p>Environmental activists and consumer advocates are breathing a sigh of relief. Ohio lawmakers apparently are NOT going to change the state’s energy efficiency program during the last days of the current legislative session.</p><p>The program requires electric companies to lower overall power usage by giving money to people and businesses that buy energy-saving appliances and equipment. To fund the program, all electricity customers pay a surcharge on their monthly electric bills.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:01:50 +0000 Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 25734 at Ohio Legislators Could Wipe Out Energy Efficiency Incentives <p>Ohio consumer advocates and environmentalists have been worrying out loud that state legislators might water down or wipe out a 4-year old program that encourages electricity customers to be more energy-efficient. Now, as statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports --- some comments by the top man in the Ohio Senate show those activists have good REASON to worry.<br> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:06:16 +0000 Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 25667 at Food Stamp Cut For Some Ohioans Is Softened <p>Thousands of Ohio food stamp users are getting some good news --- their monthly food stamp allotment WON’T be cut as severely as earlier planned. Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services explains.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 25354 at New Ohio Jobless Rate Dips Below 7% <p>Ohio’s official unemployment has dropped once again and it now at 6.9%.&nbsp; The October rate represents a drop of only two-tenths of 1% compared to the revised rate in September.</p><p>Still, it means Ohio now has its lowest jobless rate in more than four years.&nbsp; You have to go back to August of 2008 to find a jobless rate in the same 6% range.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:41:27 +0000 Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 25189 at