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The government shutdown continues, as do the furloughs affecting civilian employees at Wright-Patterson. One estimate has put the economic impact at $5 million per furlough day that the region loses. Nearly 9,000 base employees are currently out of work.
The news in the short-term is certainly not good. Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition says to put that into perspective, "it would be the same economic impact if LexisNexis, Honda and AK Steel closed down and let everybody off."
The Ohio EPA official who recently resigned is serving the last day of his tenure Friday. George Elmaraghy sent a letter in August telling employees the Kasich administration wanted him gone due to pressure from the coal industry. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has been following the story and spoke to Emily McCord for PoliticsOhio.
Emily McCord: Bring us up to speed on the situation surround George Elmaraghy’s resignation in August.
Ohio Representatives are expressing a variety of questions and concerns regarding whether or not to support President Obama's call for military action in Syria. The Columbus Dispatch's Jessica Wehrman speaks to Emily McCord in the weekly segment, PoliticsOhio. Werhman reports that this is not the usual party-line disagreement and says she'll be watching Speaker of the House, John Boehner, closely in the next few weeks, as he is the only Republican from Ohio that is backing the President's plan.
The Senate passed a bill this week that will lower student loan interest rates, at least for the few years. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown isn’t happy with the legislation and as Emily McCord reports, he says there's still more work to do to help students.
Since it was revealed that the government has been collecting phone and internet records of Americans, lawmakers have been debating whether or this is a necessary tool for fighting terrorism or a breach of privacy law. University of Dayton law professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister joins Emily McCord for PoliticsOhio. He says the government is within its right to perform this type of surveillance, but the scope of the data in this case is unprecedented. Hoffmeister says he hopes it will spur the public to consider the fine line between what should be private and national security.