U.S. Congress

The Economy & Business
4:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

City Leaders Talk Federal Policy With Congressman Mike Turner

(From left) Yellow Springs Village Council leader Karen Wintrow, Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (10th) and Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church at a roundtable convened by the congressman.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-10th) met with area leaders Monday to talk about economic development and federal policy. Roads, wages and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all on the agenda in the meeting with 15 mayors and city officials.

Democrats mentioned President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a point he pushed during his State of the Union address last week.

Rep. Turner wasn’t clear on whether he’d consider supporting the president’s proposal, but said his focus is elsewhere.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Washington Gridlock Rooted In Gerrymandering

Maps showing demographic differences between Ohio's congressional districts
Credit Dayton Daily News

The way states draw congressional districts may be a contributing factor to the dysfunction of today's political climate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News published earlier this week. While gerrymandering is nothing new, it's now much easier.

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Military
7:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Local Officials Sound A New Sequestration Alarm

Ohio U.S. Congressman Mike Turner (R-10th) speaks at Sinclair Community College about sequestration.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton-area officials held a public meeting Tuesday about the effects of sequestration, or automatic federal spending cuts, on the local economy. They say the outlook is gloomy if sequestration continues into 2014.

“Survival mode” and “devastation” were just a couple of the phrases tossed out at the event.

“As this goes downhill, the next thing’s gonna go downhill, and we’re gonna be in a world of hurt,” said Greene County Commission Tom Koogler.

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Developing
11:03 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Wright-Patt Begins Emergency Furlough Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

As of midnight, October 1st, the U.S. House and Senate had not agreed on a  budget, and the federal government is now implementing a partial shut down for the first time since 1995-1996.

On Tuesday Forbes listed Dayton as one of the top ten cities at risk during a government shutdown. Civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bear the immediate brunt: approximately 8,700 non-military staff at Wright-Patt received furlough letters Tuesday morning.

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