Congress

Government Shutdown
3:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Congressman Turner on Government Shutdown: Obama Needs to Come to the Table

Credit Openclipart/Inky2010

  Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10th) has voted with the majority of other House Republicans in favor of a 2014 budget that would defund the Affordable Care Act. Republican congressmen pushed for the bill with the knowledge the Senate and the President would reject it, and in the final days of the fiscal year, the controversy devolved into a showdown, and finally to a partial shutdown of the federal government for the first time in 17 years. As of Thursday, Oct. 3, that shutdown was still underway with no end in sight.

WYSO spoke to Rep. Turner Thursday morning.

Read more
Military
2:42 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Wright-Patt Workers, Local Businesses Concerned About Shutdown

Leaders of the 88th Air Base Wing held a press conference Monday on the impact of an emergency furlough.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

 Nearly 9,000 employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base remain on emergency furlough following the federal government shutdown, and workers and businesses are worried about the financial impact, particularly if the partial shutdown is prolonged.

Wright-Patt officials estimate that for every day the government stays closed, the Dayton area loses $5 million in wages.

Read more
Farm Bill
12:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Farm Bill Left Hanging in Congress

A truck outside Mike Farm Enterprises south of Dayton. A variety of farm and nutrition programs are at risk since the Farm Bill expired Oct. 1.

Remember the Farm Bill? The omnibus law that funds food stamps, crop insurance, and a slew of farm subsidies? At midnight Monday, a nine-month extension of the latest version of that bill expired, which means for the moment, the law reverts to its 1949 version.

Read more
Affordable Care Act
11:24 am
Wed October 2, 2013

First Day of the Federal Health Care Marketplace Slow for Ohioans

A coalition of Ohio groups affiliated with Wright State's Medicaid Outreach Consortium gathered in a health center parking lot Tuesday to talk to the public about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

The federal health care marketplace, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for business Tuesday even in the midst of a government shutdown. But for groups doing outreach in Dayton, the first day was a slow one.

A crew of outreach workers stood around next to colorful tables in the parking lot of a health center Tuesday, chatting up passers-by and waiting for a mostly-absent news media to stop by.

Read more
Food
6:43 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Changes to Food Stamp Program to Hit Ohioans

Outside the Clark County Job and Family Services center. SNAP recipients trickled out Tuesday morning after appointments to learn about reinstated work requirements.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

Legislators have been hashing out the future of food stamps in Washington this week. But here in Ohio, changes to food assistance, also called SNAP, are coming down the pike regardless. Work requirements will go into effect Oct. 1 for 134,000 Ohioans who depend on food stamps.

Read more

Pages