Debating Unemployment Compensation, Medicaid And Other Economic Issues Ohio Faces This Fall

This election will be over before we know it. And when it is, state lawmakers will come back to deal with a variety of issues in the lame duck session of the legislature – issues that could include charter schools, whether cities can increase the minimum wage, pastors performing same-sex weddings, fetal remains, civil asset forfeiture and unemployment compensation. And the next state budget won’t be far behind, with Gov. John Kasich already making comments about how excited he is about that, saying his priority is – quoting here – “taking the enterprise the State of Ohio and turning it more into a 21st century entity”. Two experts in economic policy talk about big issues facing lawmakers at the end of this year. Greg Lawson is a policy analyst for the conservative Buckeye Institute, which describes itself as a free-market think tank. Amy Hanauer is the executive director of the progressive leaning research group Policy Matters Ohio.

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