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News and Notes for July 23, 2013

A few headlines from around Ohio….

About those jobs numbers

——Akron Beacon Journal, July 23, 2013

The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board identifies the difficult issue with Ohio jobs data. One month we are up, and the next month we are down. The monthly data is not a reasonable or responsible way to discuss the Ohio economic recovery. The bigger jobs trend shows slow job growth in Ohio, and the Akron Beacon Journal encourages us to ask whether or not the state is investing properly in the “Foundation of the state economy, its people and public works.”

We couldn’t agree more!

Hard work might not be enough for economic success

—–Cincinnati Enquirer, July 23, 2013

Recent research shows that very few people born into poverty are able to move into the ranks of the wealthy.

Majority of ‘Ohio Miracle’ jobs pay less than $15-hour, Big Data shows

—–The Examiner, July 23, 2013

We need to invest in middle class jobs in Ohio. Most job growth in Ohio has been in low wage jobs that keep people in poverty.

Ohio speeding up road projects with turnpike bonds

—-The Akron Beacon Journal, July 23, 2013

Through the sale of bonds on the turnpike, Ohio will begin to invest in infrastructure projects across Ohio. However, as people are driving fewer miles, in more fuel efficient vehicles, and utilize alternative forms of transportation, Ohio needs to have a long term policy conversation on how to finance our transportation infrastructure.

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