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7:28 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Local bodies say Ohio state cuts leading to levies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Local bodies such as libraries and school boards say they have no choice but to ask voters for more money after Ohio's budget cut their state aid.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that voters statewide will decide nearly 1,100 requests for higher taxes in levies for everything from police and fire protection to parks and senior services.

Voters are becoming wary of the continual requests for tax revenue.

Politics
1:30 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Ohio House could take up new congressional map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republicans who control the Ohio Legislature say the state's new and disputed map of congressional districts could be revised.

Ohio House GOP caucus spokesman Mike Dittoe said Friday that all options are on the table, including revisiting the congressional map.

A court fight over the new lines has left the map in limbo and has forced state lawmakers to move toward splitting Ohio's 2012 primary.

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Statewide News
1:26 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Ohio unemployment unchanged at 9.1 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Unemployment is holding steady in Ohio following three straight months of rising joblessness.

The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.

The national jobless rate for September also held at 9.1 percent during the last two months.  State officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio during September was 534,000, down from 536,000 in August.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Ohio Safety Forces' Study Shows Union Concessions

Opponents of Ohio's new union law are touting a report that shows collective bargaining negotiations have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2008.

Protecting Ohio Protectors - a group representing firefighters and police officers - shared the report Tuesday at multiple news conferences around the state. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees should be tossed out.

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Business & Technology
11:52 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Study: Great Lakes shipping important to economy

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A newly released study says the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry supports 227,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in wages, tax revenue and purchases.

The industry-funded analysis released Tuesday describes shipping in the region as essential to the economy.

Collister Johnson of the U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. says the industry provides waterfront jobs like piloting vessels and working at terminals. But it also supports steelworkers, miners, grain farmers and construction workers.

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