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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
July 5 - 12, 2010

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a new weekly newsletter from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Cleveland State University.  We'll search Ohio's papers to bring you economic news and key happenings that impact Ohio's regions.
Editorial: Unfinished business (Akron Beacon Journal, July 7, 2010) Before recessing for the campaign season, yes, five months prior to Election Day, Ohio lawmakers found time to name the state frog. It's the bullfrog, for the record. And if you happened to visit Capitol Square last week, you might have spotted a T-shirt reading: ''My lawmakers went to the Statehouse and all I got was this . . . bullfrog.'' The gag was part of an amusing yet pointed attempt by four groups of the political left to get lawmakers back to work soon to complete several key measures put off though they stand on the cusp of passage.

Big hopes, big hurdles. Workers to begin building GM's new small car (Warren Tribune Chronicle, July 10, 2010) The launch of the Lords-town-built Cruze is being carefully watched by everyone from General Motors Corp. executives to the owners of small mom and pop stores, all hoping the car maker has built a vehicle that will be an international best seller.

Temporary fixes have Ohio ahead of red-ink trend, but $8B gap likely next year (Toledo Blade, July 11, 2010) Multiple sources inside and outside government have projected a structural budget shortfall that could exceed $8 billion for the next two-year budget that would start on July 1, 2011. That represents 16 percent of a $50.5 billion spending plan that finished its first year on June 30 in the black.

Leaders: Brighter days ahead (Warren Tribune Chronicle, July 11. 2010) A national report released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that Trumbull County had the highest percentage of job loss in the nation from 2008 to 2009 did not surprise local community leaders.

Cash-strapped colleges in Ohio outsource copying (The Plain Dealer, July 11, 2010) Several Ohio colleges have outsourced their copy centers to Xerox in the latest attempt to cut costs.

Editorial: Effort needed to keep downtown moving forward (Newark Advocate, July 11, 2010) The pluses are plentiful. A renovated Midland Theatre, an expansion of The Works, a new public library and police station, renovation of the Avalon building, removal of eyesores such as the old Auditorium theater and the recent reconstruction of the Ohio 16 expressway interchange lead the list.

Editorial: Energy bill means good jobs for Ohio (Toledo Blade, July 11, 2010) Effective climate legislation would give America a safer, more secure, and more balanced portfolio of energy sources while fostering new markets for new products. Northwest Ohio could be a big beneficiary.

Layoffs looming for teachers (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 12, 2010) But now layoffs loom large over many Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky teachers - as they do for many instructors across the country - education officials said.

Editorial: Cincinnati's crowning achievement (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 12, 2010) After two decades of planning and 25 months of construction, the $322 million Great American Tower at Queen City Square is about to get its crowning glory.

Rural areas will get high speed internet access (Dayton Daily News, July 12, 2010) A $30 million federal stimulus award to improve high-speed Internet access could transform the way some rural schools educate students.

A Group Plan Commission for Cleveland has a chance to revise Daniel Burnham's historic vision for downtown (The Plain Dealer, July 12, 2010) Inspired by more than $1 billion in new downtown projects on the horizon, including a casino, medical mart and convention center, Jackson sees an opportunity to improve a large swath of downtown, from Public Square to the Lake Erie waterfront, including the mall.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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