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.
This week WYSO has reported on how hard the city of Dayton was hit when the mortgage crisis and great recession began more than five years ago. The resulting federal funds made available to cities like Dayton to stabilize neighborhoods, and how those funds are running out. In this week's Politics Ohio we continue our look at neighborhood stabilization; we spoke with Dayton City commissioner Matt Joseph about what other steps the city is taking to revitalize neighborhoods.
The Ohio house passed its version of the state budget last week, stripping Governor Kasich's proposal to expand medicaid and proposing an across-the-board income tax cut. Now the Senate makes its changes. Bill Cohen and Jo Ingles join Emily McCord to talk about their plans.
In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Statehouse Bureau reporters Bill Cohen and Jo Ingles to discuss the Ohio House version of the budget, which includes a 7% income tax cut for Ohioans, a rejection of Governor Kasich's proposal to extend Medicaid coverage and the tax on oil and gas drillers. Jo Ingles reports the house also got rid of a plan to ban educator's for talking about "gateway sex", but that it's a conversation that's likely to come up again.