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Marijuana a mulesa plead guilty | The Columbus Dispatch

I have ties to Asian conglomerates as well: I drive a Nissan and last year I bought a Samsung TV. Does this get me special treatment from the U.S. Justice Department?  (Feb 5, 2011 | post #10)

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Kasich's cabinet has black appointee

"Why can't we find a Latino? Why can't we find an Asian-American or Indian-American? Or why can't we find someone from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?" This guy sounds like a collector. What happened to judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin?  (Feb 3, 2011 | post #7)

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Retirement funds: All state workers will pay for fixes

"We're going to look at more-comprehensive language that may specifically speak to double-dipping, " Wachtmann said. Here you go: "No retired or active public employee may collect a pension check and a paycheck at the same time." Next problem...  (Jan 30, 2011 | post #45)

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AEP goes a little easier on its customers | The Columbus ...

AEP is raising its rates on consumers during the Great Recession and the headline is "AEP goes a little easier on its customers." Easier? Really?  (Jan 28, 2011 | post #12)

Columbus Dispatch

Kucinich sues House cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich ...

Republicans control the government in Ohio now and they'll be redrawing congressional districts. Dennis reads the writing on the wall and knows he will be out of a job soon so he's raising money for retirement. Good gracious, how can he be expected to live on his paltry, 6-figure congressional pension?  (Jan 26, 2011 | post #132)

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Public wary of budget fixes

The newspaper endorsed Kasich but Rowland is a lefty (see him sometimes on "Columbus On The Record" on PBS). The poll contained lots of information pro and con and had the article been written by a conservative, it would have been much more favorable to Kasich.  (Jan 20, 2011 | post #57)

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Public wary of budget fixes

Fire up that bus, Governor! Let's roll!  (Jan 20, 2011 | post #3)

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More tax breaks for business proposed

Ok, let me 'splain: Company A is offered a tax credit by Ohio that saves it $1,000,000 per year in taxes in exchange for building a factory in Columbus that creates 300 jobs. It's only other option is to build in Indiana where it gets no tax credit at all. All other things being equal, Company A will bring its factory jobs to Ohio to get the tax savings: 300 jobs created! Get it?  (Jan 16, 2011 | post #26)

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More tax breaks for business proposed

Yeah, it amazes me when the power brokers decided a globalized economy was a good thing, they didn't consider that the same homogenization of the world's resources and standards of living wouldn't follow. The third, second, and first worlds will one day be indistinguishable. The poor will gain and the rich will lose. Yes, even the wealthy in the rich countries will be hit eventually, not just the middle class.  (Jan 16, 2011 | post #17)

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More tax breaks for business proposed

Tax breaks lessen the tax burden for companies that create jobs. The company can use the money saved in taxes to increase profits. What company wouldn't consider moving to a state that offers tax credits? That being said, I agree with the Dems who want to evaluate how existing tax credit programs have performed over time. It should be a simple calculation: amount saved in taxes divided by the number of jobs created. The amount saved in taxes is the amount the Ohio treasury didn't collect. The lower the number, the more cost effective for Ohio. Another measure is simply what percentage of companies who consider Ohio for their businesses actually end up locating here. Tax incentives are not the only factor, of course, but each case could be investigated to discover the reason for a company's decision to stay or not.  (Jan 16, 2011 | post #15)

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Protesters rally to protect safety-net services

The union gravy train is about to be run over by Kasich's bus.  (Jan 15, 2011 | post #4)

Columbus Dispatch

Every little bit helps, city says | The Columbus Dispatch

This money should be returned to the taxpayers. They can squander it as easily as Coleman does. You know, food, clothing, shelter...  (Jan 15, 2011 | post #8)

Columbus Dispatch

Every little bit helps, city says | The Columbus Dispatch

10 points for failing to come up with an argument.  (Jan 15, 2011 | post #7)

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Grove City got 49 letters from IRS since '03

Rant much?  (Jan 14, 2011 | post #52)

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Kasich vows to begin the fight

Hardly. Usually, no one watching a movie knows where it was filmed - there's no "Filmed in Ohio" banner crawling across the screen. Then there's always the potential that the movie is about something distasteful (e.g. prisons - Brubaker) which would not make businesses want to set up shop here. Films create lots of short-term, low paying jobs for extras that evaporate when the shoot is over. Film bureaus just serve as patronage jobs for politician's friends and donors.  (Jan 11, 2011 | post #82)