News & Views

A roundup of news and analyses from and about Ohio – 10 September 2012

Over the last two weeks politicians and analysts alike have sought to give and take credit for Ohio’s economic recovery. My favorite piece is “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” by Matt Bai for the New York Times Magazine on 5 September 2012. You can listen to the discussion here, read more about Ohio’s centrality in the campaigns here, and see how the parties’ are sparring here. I have my own take on the centrality and reality about Ohio in the elections, “Are You Listening Ohio? It’s Me, Washington.”

“State of Working Ohio 2012,” a report released by Policy Matters Ohio on 2 September 2012. This report spurred a lot of discussion and offers critical insights (and reality checks for the overly-optimistic) on the nature of Ohio’s recovery.

“Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day,” by Jim Provance for the Toledo Blade on 31 August 2012. A blow to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s in the battle over voting rights in Ohio. But, this isn’t over yet: Husted is appealing the decision.

“USDA Declares Most of Ohio a Disaster Area,” WOUB/npr/PBS on 5 September 2012. After a long period of drought, federal assistance will help Ohio’s farmers. Here’s a breakdown of the corn production which is so vital to the state’s economy.

“School cuts cost Ohio a lot now, more later,” by David Kushma for the Toledo Blade on 9 September 2012. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities sees the state’s policy of cutting $1.8 billion from public schools as making it less likely that “Ohio will have the workforce it will need to succeed in the future.

“Unglamorous but effective ways to create more jobs,” Bloomberg, 2 September 2012. As it turns out, public and private collaboration in Ohio is one of the best examples of collaboration for the nation to follow. In other words, neither Romney nor Kasich nor even Obama and his bailout are going to do it alone.

“Steel Shipments Reviving Ohio River Valley,” by Keith Schneider in the New York Times on 5 September 2012. Change and continuity in the rust belt.

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