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7:04 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Affordable Rent Push Urged At Ohio Housing Forum

Guaranteeing access to affordable rents was among pressing housing topics local and national experts and policymakers addressed at an Ohio Statehouse forum.

The Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission sponsored the Tuesday event, headlined by U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi.

The forum highlighted policy recommendations for the housing sector contained in a report the commission issued in February.

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8:04 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ohio Senators Continue Health Care Field Hearings

State lawmakers exploring possible changes to Ohio's health care system are expected to hear from a health plan on Tuesday.

The Senate's Medicaid subcommittee will meet in Dayton at CareSource, one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans in the country.

Topics at the field hearing will include payment reform and behavioral health integration.

The Senate panel traveled to Cleveland last week to see how a mini-Medicaid expansion model works at MetroHealth Medical Center.

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7:04 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Former Ohio Governor And US Rep. John J. Gilligan Dies

Former Ohio Governor and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat who won creation of the state income tax, has died. He was 92.

His death Monday was confirmed by caregiver Frank Kennedy.

Gilligan's daughter is Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and current Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.

Gilligan became the Ohio's 62nd governor in 1970, a year in which Republicans suffered from a loan scandal in the state treasurer's office.

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8:04 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Ohio Cleared To Spend $60M To Raze Abandoned Homes

Ohio has received federal approval to spend a portion of its remaining foreclosure crisis funds to demolish nearly 5,000 vacant and abandoned homes statewide.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency says the effort is intended to stabilize local property values, address neighborhood blight and prevent future foreclosures.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury okayed use of $60 million of $270 million remaining in state Hardest Hit Funds for the effort.

The agency originally received $570 million in 2010 for its foreclosure prevention program, Save the Dream Ohio.

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11:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Federal Magistrate Orders Turnover of Documents to Delphi Retirees

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Delphi retirees and their motion to compel the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to release documents surrounding their decision to cut pensions for some retired auto workers.  PBGC gained control over those pensions in 2009 when GM filed for bankruptcy protection.

As a result of the filing, pension payments for non-union Delphi workers were cut 30 to 70 percent, while the pensions of retirees represented by the United Auto Workers and other unions were not.

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