Statewide News

Statewide News
10:18 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Ohio Gov. Addresses Economic Challenges

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to hear from local communities on handling economic challenges in the
wake of voters' rejection of a law that would have placed new limits on public employee unions.

Kasich on Monday said in a review of his first year in office that communities can't tax their way to prosperity, but that the people have spoken on curbing collective bargaining rights. The law was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent.

He said one of the lesson learned from the referendum is that officials need to build a case for making change.

Statewide News
4:23 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Ohio Jobless Rate Dips To 8.5 Precent In November

Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped by a half a percentage point, to 8.5 percent in November from an even 9 percent in October.

The state's Department of Job and Family Services says 30,000 fewer people were unemployed in Ohio last month. The number of jobless workers has gone down by 69,000 in the past 12 months.

Ohio payrolls outside of farms grew by 6,000 in November, led by hiring in services. Manufacturing jobs increased, but those gains were offset by losses in construction.

Statewide News
4:10 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Senator Brown Backs Bill To Help Postal Service's Solvency

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Tuesday’s announcement of a 5-month moratorium on closing postal facilities gives Congress more time to enact reform legislation. Brown told reporters during a conference call, he’s supporting the Postal Service Protection Act to help the USPS return to fiscal solvency. He says it would fix a pension system that currently costs the Postal Service $5 billion a year:

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Statewide News
11:18 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Ohio Casino Buying Ritz-Carlton and Office Tower

Ohio's first casino opening early next year is buying an upscale hotel to expand its footprint in downtown Cleveland.

Rock Ohio Caesars says it will exercise an option to buy the four-star Ritz-Carlton hotel for $36.5 million. The casino operator also has purchased an attached five-story office tower recently sold in a mortgage default auction for $3.5 million.

The hotel and office tower are adjacent to the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland that will open in March. The casino operator says it will use the bank office tower - vacant since 2008 - for administrative offices.

Statewide News
11:17 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Ohio School Voucher Bill to be Revised

The sponsor of legislation to expand private-school vouchers in Ohio says the proposal will be modified to address concerns from public schools and their allies.

School district officials opposing the measure say it wrongly steers money away from public schools and away from public accountability.

Republican state Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima tells The Columbus Dispatch he's willing to drop or redraw parts of his bill. He's planning a news conference next week on a new plan.

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