Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
WOSU News Archives For June 2010
Many Ohioans living with HIV and AIDS soon could have a tough time getting their life-saving drugs. The problem is not a lack of medications; it’s a lack of funding for drug assistance programs. Federal funding for state drug assistance programs have been flat. Many states like Ohio find they’re running short of money as people requesting assistance increases.
WOSU’s Classical Music Service soon will move to a new frequency and expand to 24 hours a day. The move allows WOSU to expand its news programming on 89.7FM to 24 hours a day.
For more than two hours the legislature’s top budget adviser cited hundreds of numbers of how state government raises money and spends it. But a six-member panel gave little indication how they would fill next year’s projected state budget deficit.
Franklin County Commissioners approved $2.5 million from the government to create job-help programs for refugees and immigrants.
This year’s Community Festival at Goodale Park saw hotter temperatures and increased police presence than previous events. And the increase in police officers could have led to a huge increase in arrests. Some area residents say the extra police made for a better festival, while others’ experiences were sub-par.
The group “Let Ohio Vote” now does not want Ohioans to vote on whether to allow slot machines at horse race tracks.
Elected officials usually conduct their meetings in public, however the law says sometimes they can hold meetings in private. But Columbus City Council members say city ordinances prevent them from holding such executive sessions. They are looking at ways to hold some meetings in private.
“Think the un-thinkable.” That’s what an advocacy group for low-income Ohioans is urging state legislators to do when it comes to plugging the projected $4 to $8 billion hole in the next state budget.
This spring saw the passage of one of most contentious pieces of state legislation in recent history. The immigration reform bill known as SB1070 passed in Arizona and spawned countless discussions nationwide about race, ethnicity, and the legal rights of immigrants. The document also spawned countless boycotts of all things “Arizonian”. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock points out that knee-jerk, twitter inspired boycotts can backfire.
There wasn’t a lot of news out of the first major speech by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s running mate. But their supporters are trying to make some about the reaction her address got from Strickland’s critics in the Republican Party.