Local Government

Recently Rob Baker, a political Science professor at Wittenburg University, penned an op-ed for the Dayton Daily News about some important issues taking place in local governments. To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke to Baker by phone this week.
Rob Baker’s book Government in the Twilight Zone is available from Suny Press and Amazon.

Auditor Warns Of Escalating Cyber Attacks Targeting Local Governments

Jun 10, 2016
Andy Chow

The state’s auditor is warning local governments about a new scam that seems to be ramping up around Ohio and taking taxpayer money. Auditor Dave Yost says local government workers need to verify where emails are coming from before they click on links or open attachments. He says there’s been an uptick in reports to his office about cyber-attacks like ransomware that can take control of a government’s data in exchange for money and “spearphishing” which has bilked counties and townships out...

The Ohio Senate has inserted language into a state transportation bill that would limit what cities can do to ensure contractors on their projects hire local residents. The Senate language would forbid any state or federal funds from going to public projects with local hiring goals. It’s similar to language that was stripped from the House version of the bill last month after Akron officials traveled to Columbus to protest. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic calls state officials hypocrites. “There...

Tax Bill Upsets Miami Valley City And Town Leaders

Dec 3, 2014
City of Springfield

A tax reform bill passed in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday has lots of city and town leaders riled up. The bill, HB 5, set out to reform local income taxes by adding some uniform regulations, including changing the system for companies that work in multiple municipalities. Right now, municipal income taxes are a patchwork, with different policies in over 600 municipalities around the state. Groups in favor of the bill say Ohio’s tax system needs to be simplified—right now codes are different...

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Leaders from Dayton, Cincinnati, and several other cities are calling on Republican Governor John Kasich to restore funds to local governments in a two-day tour called “Stop the Kasich Raid.” Municipalities have seen cuts in the last two state budgets totaling over $1.5 billion from several funding sources . Speaking on the steps of Dayton City Hall, Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld targeted John Kasich for the rollbacks in local budgets. “This is a shell game,” he said. “For...

Last week the Dayton City Commission approved a new three-year contract with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 136 (IAFF). The agreement includes a combination of wage freezes, modest raises, changes in sick leave, and increases in health care contributions by employees. Under the three-year contract, IAFF members will get a 1.6 percent wage increase for 2012, a wage freeze in 2013 and a 2 percent wage increase in 2014. Fire personnel will continue to receive their normal...