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LATEST STORIES Where do your Congress members stand on Trump's start, Russia allegations?
Dozens of Dispatch readers want to know where their elected officials in Washington stand on President Donald Trump.Because many don't feel that they can find out directly, The Dispatch relayed the most-frequently raised issues to Ohio's two senators — Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman — and central Ohio's three U.S. House members: Democrat Joyce Beatty and Republicans Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi.The [...] Liquor inventory computer a bust; JobsOhio, state promise to address problems
Ohio replaced a 40-year-old computer system for tracking liquor sales and distribution two years ago at a cost of $21 million, with the promise that the system for running the state-controlled liquor business would be more accurate and reliable.It's been anything but.The new system has been a disaster of inaccurate inventory data, unreliable purchasing orders and incorrect sales information, according to about a dozen distillers, retailers and distributors, as well as [...] Fewer abandoned homes mar Columbus neighborhoods
Columbus has 1,700 fewer vacant and abandoned properties than it did in 2012; most of them were demolished but some rehabbed and sold or rented.At the end of last year, the city had 4,568 vacant properties, the vast majority of them houses. About a quarter of them — 1,134 — are in North and South Linden neighborhoods, according to the city's Department of Development.In 2016, the city demolished 306 structures, including those the city doesn't own, [...] As Ohio payday lending law fails, some lawmakers ready for new regulations
Nine years after Ohio lawmakers and voters approved restrictions on what payday lenders can charge for short-term loans, those fees are now the highest in the nation.Ohio’s 2008 payday lending law has been ineffective. The question now is whether lawmakers are ready to address it.Lenders avoided the law’s 28 percent loan interest rate cap by simply registering under different sections of state law that weren’t designed for payday loans but allowed them [...] Ohio constituents ask their members of Congress and US senators hundreds of questions
You asked, so we asked.In four days, nearly 500 of you submitted questions for Ohio's two U.S. senators and the three House members who represent the Columbus area.Through our online form, emails and Facebook posts, you provided more than 2,000 questions. In fact, one person posed 23 queries; another asked a 61-word question.Many voters are frustrated that they can't get their questions answered from elected officials at town hall gatherings. Many elected officials are [...]
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