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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 4 - 10, 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a regular 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: Thin blurred line
(Akron Beacon Journal, September 5, 2012)
John Kasich is preparing to unveil a long-delayed new school funding model to address what he considers a key flaw: an imbalance in school spending. Rob Nichols, the governor's spokesman, has summed up the administration's "overarching principle," telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently: "The money is going to overhead, red tape and bureaucracy instead of instruction. ... We want to flip that and bring more money into the classroom and less into overhead."

Ohio labor conditions fall short, study says
(Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, September 5, 2012)
The "State of Working Ohio 2012," a report by left-leaning economic think tank Policy Matters Ohio, argues the financial collapse and poor shepherding of the state's economy by government and business leaders has left the buying power of the typical employee lower than what it was more than 30 years ago.

Losing the entrepreneurial spirit: Fewer people start new businesses in wake of economic downturn
(Lima, September 7, 2012)
First, the bright spot: In 2010, 394,000 startups created 2.3 million jobs, substantial job creation in a time of very little overall economic activity, according to Business Dynamics Statistics data, a collaboration between the Census Bureau and the foundation

Editorial: Revitalizing Cleveland neighborhoods
(The Plain Dealer, September 8, 2012)
Cleveland -- despite a foodie-fueled facelift downtown and in some neighborhoods -- is still on the ropes. The median price for home sales in the city was $25,000 through the first six months of 2012, down from $84,000 in 2005.

Editorial: Support from all sides
(Akron Beacon Journal, September 8, 2012)
John Kasich recently cited the need to examine closely the roughly $7.5 billion a year the state gives out in tax credits, exemptions, deductions and exclusions. Now the governor has impressive support from public policy groups reflecting a wide range on the ideological scale. They have seized the moment to reiterate their shared interest in achieving a long-overdue evaluation of the array of state tax expenditures.

Grape harvest comes early this year
(Ashtabula Star Beacon, September 8, 2012)
Most vineyards and orchards in the area are not nearly as fortunate. The wave of frosts wiped out their harvest before it every got started. Even Sigel, with the decreased yields, will not have enough Concord grapes to meet the demand from produce markets in the Cleveland area that he has supplied for several years.

Montgomery County forum to address best practices from around the country
(Dayton Daily News, September 9, 2012)
The county has been working with researchers from Wright State University and the University of Dayton to study mid-sized counties across the country to identify ones making strides to improve the quality of life for their residents and businesses.

Finance-course requirement proposed for Ohio students
(Toledo Blade, September 9, 2012)
In Ohio, some educators, business leaders, and others say such sobering assessments and grim statistics make a strong case for requiring high-school students to take a class in financial literacy before graduating.

Streetcar builder's bid won narrowly
(Cincinnati Enquirer, September 9, 2012)
The company selected for a $20.5 million contract to build five vehicles for the Cincinnati streetcar project beat the price of its nearest competitor by only about $100,000, bid documents show.

Mansfield leads legal fight against injection wells holding fracking waste
(The Plain Dealer, September 9, 2012)
Using Ohio's home-rule provision, Mansfield officials have placed ground-breaking language on the ballot designed to stop injection wells -- aimed squarely at a pair planned by a Texas company -- from being located in the Richland County city of 48,000.

Ohioans are taking retirement benefits early
(Dayton Daily News, September 10, 2012)
The oldest Baby Boomers began turning 66 this year - the full-retirement age for collecting Social Security benefits - but many are claiming their benefits early because of the troubled economy, poor job market and fears about potential changes to the retirement system.

Communities in Ohio lack power to stop injection wells
(Youngstown Vindicator, September 10, 2012)
In Ohio, some cities and villages are granted "home rule" powers by the state constitution. These powers supersede state laws and Ohio Revised Code - but not laws related to the gas and oil industry, says Matt DeTemple, an attorney and executive director of the Ohio Township Association.

         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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