Those who don't pay are mostly seniors or poor
"The top 1 percent (of income earners) paid 36.7 percent (of the taxes). ... The top 50 percent pay 97.7 percent."
She's not wrong
"'Wrong precinct' rules exacerbate our provisional ballot problems (and) HB 194 does nothing to solve the wrong-precinct problem."
Students could be sprung in spring
A bill delaying the start of classes until Labor Day would permit school districts "to shave 5 full weeks off the school year."
Only three states rejected more in 2010
"Ohio has one of the highest provisional ballot rates in the country, and many of them go uncounted each election."
2011 total tops previous two-year sessions
"We've seen more anti-women's choice bills introduced in the first half of this session than we've seen in the last three General Assemblies."
But do they get the job done?
Says Ohio has 77 job training programs spread across 13 state agencies.
You'll hear this a lot in 2012
Ohio Republican Party
Sherrod Brown "has voted with Barack Obama 95 percent of the time."
Big bucks for corporate big shots
"The top 10 most well-paid CEOs in America received a combined $770 million in 2010, while the average American worker’s wage rose just 2 percent."
Career spans eight presidents
Sherrod Brown "has been running for public office since Richard Nixon was president."
Senate made history in blocking confirmation
Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau marks the first time in Senate history "that a political party has blocked a nomination of someone because they didn't like the construction of the agency."
U.S. spending is nearly half the world's total
Says military expenditures for the United States are greater than the combined spending of the next 14 largest nations.
Looking for bipartisan love
"We have had some significant accomplishments on a bipartisan basis."
Disclosure aims to dodge trip wires
Ilana Shafran Mandel’s stake in Forest City Enterprises "constitutes significantly less than 1 percent" of the company’s shares and any implication of a conflict of interest "is legally incorrect."
Asian carp advancing from the south
"The problem with invasive species today in the Great Lakes isn’t ballast water."
Ratio for one-income couples is even more skewed
"A couple retiring today will pay about $119,000 in lifetime Medicare taxes and receive about $357,000 in lifetime Medicare benefits. ... about 3 bucks in benefits for every dollar in taxes."
Daily average holds true for the last decade
"Every day in the United States, we are losing 15 factories."
Recession's impact hits home
"The collective net worth of Americans has taken a $5.5 trillion hit ... mainly due to plummeting home values."
Specific cases can be cited
"We’re. . . keeping and creating jobs in our state. From American Greetings, to Wendy’s, to Diebold, we’ve gone to their doorsteps to keep jobs right here in Ohio."
Poof! Instant assets
"The Fed created $1.2 trillion out of nothing, gave it to banks, and some of them foreign banks, so that they could stabilize their operations."
There's a reason it's called a 'boom'
"We have 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day."
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