Once again, Ohio was the center of the presidential campaign this week. President Obama's re-election campaign is suing Ohio over the shortening of the early voting period. And the Voters First group that wants to take the process of drawing maps for lawmakers' districts out of elected officials' hands has failed a first step to get its proposal to the ballot. And already the US Senate race in Ohio is the most expensive one in state history.
The state's unemployment rate has been steadily dropping over the last three years, from its recent high of 11.2% in July 2009 to 7.2% in June. But 15% of Ohioans - more than 1.8 million - are on food stamps. And nearly 2.2 million live in poverty. Lisa Hamler Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, Maryjo Mace Woodburn with the Ohio Benefit Bank, and Ben Johnson, who's with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services talk about what advocates for low-income Ohioans and the state are doing to help.
For years, Matt Mayer has been offering a conservative view on major issues in Ohio, from pension reform to collective bargaining to government spending, as president of the Buckeye Institute, a self-described free market think tank. Now Mayer, who left the Buckeye Institute last year, has now written down those views into a book with an attention getting title - "Taxpayers Don't Stand a Chance - Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What To Do About It)". Mayer talks about some of the proposals and criticisms in the book.
July 20, 2012