WOSU News Archives For July 2009

Election Looms As Two Sides Debate Income Tax Hike

WOSU's Mike Thompson, middle, moderates the debate between Andrew Ginther, left, and Bill Todd, right.
12:00AM
July
30, 2009

Tonight, WOSU hosted the last official debate before the August 4th special election to increase Columbus’ income tax from 2% to 2.5%.

Democrats, Republicans Debate Effectiveness Of Federal Stimulus Dollars

12:00AM
July
30, 2009

Democrats and Republicans continue to debate the effectiveness of federal stimulus dollars that were provided to states earlier this year.

Racinos Proposal Divides Ohio Conservatives

12:00AM
July
30, 2009

The issue of balancing the budget through slot machines at racetracks has divided people who normally hold similar views. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler sat down with two conservatives who have very different opinions on expanding gambling through the state budget.

Racial Profiling Goes Deeper Than Gates Case

12:00AM
July
30, 2009

Much has been made of the arrest of an African American Harvard Professor. President Obama first said the officer acted stupidly, then shared a beer with him and the professor. WOSU commentator Andrew Grant Thomas says the problem of racial profiling is much deeper than presidential politics and a glass of suds.

Ohio Congressman Zach Space Helps Postpone Healthcare Vote

12:00AM
July
29, 2009

Ohio Congressman Zach Space is one of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats that have negotiated a delay on a health care vote until September.

Columbus Fiscal Problems Appear Worse Than Other Major Ohio Cities

12:00AM
July
29, 2009

Columbus voters Tuesday will decide whether to raise the city’s income tax. Despite the state-wide recession, no other major city in Ohio faces the cuts Columbus faces. And no other city is asking voters for a tax increase. WOSU looks at some of the reasons why.

Going Solar in Central Ohio

12:00AM
July
29, 2009

Despite more reasonable energy costs and a weak economy, the solar panel industry is booming. Homeowners could purchase solar panels at a fraction of the cost as a result of federal and state rebates.

New State Budget Forces Libraries To Cut Hours, Employee Pay

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12:00AM
July 29, 2009

The passage of the state budget is forcing the Columbus Metropolitan Library to make cuts across the board. The system is dealing with a 31% reduction in funding – and library officials say both patrons and staff will feel the impact.

Columbus Voters Take Interest In Special Election

12:00AM
July
28, 2009

Voters have been casting their absentee ballots for the proposed income tax increase for three weeks – and the number of absentee ballot requests indicates more people than usual could turn out to vote.

Feds Giving Columbus $12.7 Million to Hire 50 Police Officers

12:00AM
July
28, 2009

The U.S. Government is sending $12.7 million to Columbus so the city can hire 50 police officers. Vice President Joe Biden an U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Tuesday in Washington.