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Fitch Ratings: Repeal of SB5 to have ‘minimal fiscal impact’ for Ohio

By | 11.11.11 | 12:53 pm

According to credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, Ohio’s decision to overturn its contentious anti-collective-bargaining law will have little effect on its credit rating.

The law, known as Senate Bill 5, would have stripped public-employee unions’ ability to negotiate, giving the ultimate decision-making power to state and local employers, More…

After SB5 defeat and budget that cuts funds to localities, Kasich warns against cities asking for state to ‘bail them out’

By | 11.09.11 | 7:14 pm

After voters felled Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature anti-collective-bargaining law yesterday, he responded with an assurance that the state wasn’t going to pony up any new cash to help struggling cities.

Supporting Ohio’s SB5, Grover Norquist blasts GOP mayor, ignores law’s most damaging ‘tenets’

By | 11.03.11 | 2:52 pm

Image by: Matt MahurinConservative commentator and strategist Grover Norquist has weighed in on Ohio’s ballot initiative to repeal the controversial Senate Bill 5, the anti-collective-bargaining law opponents say distracts from the real causes of the state’s budget woes.

Occupy Columbus, union workers declare solidarity at Ohio Capitol

By | 11.01.11 | 7:54 pm

The poem issued forth from the speakers at the podium, reverberating off the western face of the Ohio Capitol.

We are firefighters and policemen. We are the reason your house is safe. The strength in the middle of the night when hope brews and faith is tested.

Ohio right-wing talk show host takes position against anti-collective-bargaining law

By | 10.31.11 | 6:38 pm

Talk-radio personality Bill Cunningham has broken ranks with his fellow conservatives, urging his listeners to vote ‘no’ on Issue 2, which would repeal Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, a law that severely limits public employees’ right to collectively bargain, and voids their right to binding arbitration and to strike altogether.

Mayor of Ohio town recently forced to lay off firefighters sees no saving grace in Senate Bill 5

By | 10.31.11 | 5:19 pm

Following recent layoffs of 13 firefighters in Lancaster, Ohio, despite the local union’s concessions, the town’s mayor, Republican David S. Smith, says the state’s new anti-collective-bargaining law, up for voter approval on Nov. 8, would not have alleviated the situation as supporters of the law claim.

Occupy Columbus movement looks for a permanent base as winter nears

By | 10.31.11 | 12:27 pm

The Occupy Columbus movement left a small contingent at their forward operating base, located on a busy downtown street directly in front of the Statehouse, as the rest of the force headed to Bicentennial Park to hold their General Assembly. The contingent was there ostensibly to protect the movement’s assets, More…

Optics, debunked talking points highlight Kasich’s initial stop on SB5-defense tour

By | 10.03.11 | 5:28 pm

Image by: Matt MahurinLast week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) kicked off his campaign in defense of a law that strips collective bargaining rights of unionized public employees, and the optics were less than favorable.

U.S. Postal Service hemorrhaging money, running out of options

By | 04.20.11 | 5:40 pm

This week, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new price hike. The change doesn’t affect the price of a basic first-class stamp, so it’s gone unnoticed by most consumers, but it’s the latest desperate volley from the Postal Service to stem the coming tide of insolvency.

Postal Service officials More…

‘Double dippers’ in New Jersey draw selective ire of Gov. Chris Christie

By | 04.14.11 | 12:00 pm

Joe DiVincenzo styles himself affectionately as “Joe D,” the Essex County executive who has happily given bipartisan credence to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s calls for far-reaching reform to the state’s public employee pension system. The New York Times profiled DiVincenzo in January, leading with an illustration of More…