Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Today WOSU reports: “Facing The Mortgage Crisis.” As part of the series, WOSU News visits two streets, Blake Avenue in Linden, and Dakota Street in Franklinton to take measure of some of the tell-tale effects of multiple foreclosures.
The move to expand gambling in Ohio is getting more complex and confusing as each day passes. There are actually two different ways that slot machines may become legal. The governor and legislators are backing one plan, and some gambling promoters are backing the other.
After years of opposition to the expansion of gambling, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has announced a plan for slots machines at seven horse racing tracks as a way to help balance the budget.
If Gov. Ted Strickland and lawmakers do as expected and go to the rainy day fund to plug a $900 billion deficit in the current state budget, that will open up a $3 billion hole in the next spending plan, and more trouble for the budget after that. Advocates and political operatives have some ideas on how to balance the budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler sat down with two policy watchers to hear their proposals.
Another bombshell has hit on Ohio’s budget front. After three rounds of state government spending cuts, officials have announced another gigantic money shortfall – and it’s a gap that must be closed in the next 8 weeks. In the long run, the devastating news means there could be more cutbacks in many government programs over the next two years. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen explains.
The foreclosure crisis is hitting Ohio in the worst way. But two local Realtors hope to educate the public by showing foreclosed properties to potential buyers with their Foreclosure Caravan Tours.
The current economic crisis has had disastrous consequents for many. WOSU’ Commentator Michael Ivey wonders why experts did not see it coming.
Ohio University historian Paul Milazzo says the current financial crisis is unlike either the Crash of 1929 or the Great Depression of the 1930′s.
Ohio has trained more than 3,000 police officers how to deal with people who have mental health problems.
Ohio’s foreclosure crisis is one of the worst in the nation, but there is a little help on the way. The federal government is making money available for non-profit groups to provide financial counselling to families who are having problems keeping up with their mortgage payments. That advice could come in handy because many Ohio homeowners do not seem aware of some low-interest loans that could get them out of their jam.