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Here’s a Look at the Regulations Trump Wants to Axe – And How They Worked in Ohio
As the Trump Administration looks to defund several regulatory agencies, here’s a look at some Ohio companies who were the biggest offenders (polluters, bribers and corrupters.)
For example, Diebold, Inc. has been fined $73.1 million since 2010 for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations involving bribery. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that in 2013 Diebold bribed government officials in China and Indonesia with travel and entertainment, including trips to Europe, the Grand Canyon and Hawaii. The company also falsified records in Russia to get contracts to provide automatic teller machines.
Dems to Trump: If You Want Tax Reform, Show Us Your Taxes So We Can Check For Your Conflicts
Leading up to Tax Day, The Washington Post explains a new plan by Congressional Democrats to leverage transparency regarding Trump’s business holdings. Democrats are looking to use the tax reform measures the White House wants to put pressure on President Trump. They planning demanding Trump reveal the specific ways in which his holdings might benefit from those measures he is proposing. This strategy also draws broader attention to Trump’s unwillingness to release his taxes and strengthens the demand that Trump release his tax returns.
Sen. Brown, Gov. Kasich Oppose Efforts to Deport Mom Who Fled Mexican Drug Cartel
Maribel Trujillo-Diaz, who fled Mexican drug cartels when she immigrated to the U.S. more than a decade ago, was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and separated from her four children without even having the chance to say goodbye. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Trujillo-Diaz’s last ditch effort to stop her deportation.
This case garnered national attention as Democrats and Republicans alike denounced her deportation. Trujillo-Diaz had no criminal record. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made public statements urging authorities to keep Trujillo’s family together.
Even Governor John Kasich told The Enquirer:
“I don’t want these people being deported. We have enough broken families in the country. And now what we’re going to do is go hunt them down and ship them out and break up the family and scare the kids? That’s not my way of thinking.”
Tracy Kemme, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, told WCPO that she “respect(s) that we are a country of laws, but I think there’s a higher law. It’s not justice anymore when it’s ripping families apart.”
Some elected officials took a different (more heartless) stance.
State Rep. Candice Keller doesn’t care that Trujillo is a mother being separated from her children:
“The detail about her having four children, I mean everyone who breaks the law these days just about has children, and if they are put in jail, whether they are here legally or not legally, they’re going to be separated from their children.”
Except that we have a choice here.
Lucas County Approves 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave in Effort to Attract Top Talent
On Tuesday, Lucas County Commissioners approved 12 weeks of parental leave.
“Anything that we can do to get the best and talented and keep them is the best use of public dollars”, said Pete Gerken, president of the Lucas County Commissioner, in response to the county’s new paid parental leave policy.
About 670 employees stand to benefit from the new policy, which is available for both men and women who adopt or birth a child. Read more here.
As Lawmakers Look For Ways to Balance State Budget, ECOT Shows (Again) Why It’s A Good Place to Cut
One item gaining bipartisan support: questioning Governor Kasich’s proposed tax cuts.
GOP State Sen. Peggy Lehner questioned the cuts, “Why is the governor insisting on continuing with tax cuts at this point, rather than giving it a little more time?”
She then suggested a suspension of the tax-cut idea for the first year of the two-year budget cycle. Listen to the interview here.
Across town, at the Franklin County Court of Appeals, the embattled online charter school – Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), got an earful from Judge Gary Tyack. The Columbus Dispatch has the details:
Attorneys for the state and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow dueled in oral arguments before a three-judge panel. The school is trying to overturn a trial-court decision and stop the state from using log-in durations to determine enrollment and funding levels.
The school wants to block an Ohio Department of Education determination that, based on log-in data, ECOT must refund $59 million to the state because it justified only 41 percent of its enrollment. State law requires that students get 920 hours of educational opportunities.
Tyack did little to hide his distaste for the way ECOT is operating, at one point suggesting ECOT wanted full funding even if a student enrolled on day one and then went to prison.
“Not only does ECOT get the money, but the public school for the area where ECOT is functioning loses the money,” he said.
Columbus Cop under Investigation After Video Shows Him Stomping on Head of a Restrained Black Man
The same officer responsible for the shooting of Henry Green in Columbus last summer was seen in a video released this week stomping on the head of a restrained man while he lay handcuffed on the ground. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther was quick to condemn the attack, saying:
“The behavior we saw in the video was unacceptable and inconsistent with our values as a community. It erodes the trust the residents of this city place in law enforcement.”
LeBron James Family Foundation Proposes New Public School for At-Risk Kids in Akron
The LeBron James Family Foundation, in partnership with Akron Public Schools, shared a proposal for a new public school called the I Promise School which would educate students at risk of falling behind their peers.
The school would build off of the I Promise Network programs, which have supported more than 1,100 Akron-area grade school students the past six years with programs, support and mentors.
FBI Obtained Warrant to Monitor Trump Adviser Carter Page
According to The Washington Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump as part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign.
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant after demonstrating that there was probable cause to believe Carter Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia.
Make America Pay Again: DeVos Rescinds Rules to Shield Students from Ripoff Lenders
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rolled back an Obama administration attempt to reform how student loan servicers collect debt.
DeVos’ move comes a week after one of the student loan industry’s main lobbies asked for Congress’s help in delaying or substantially changing the U.S. Education Department’s loan servicing plans. Read more from Bloomberg.
Fair (Congressional) Districts Update
Ohio redistricting reformers began collecting the first 1,000 signatures to kick-off an effort by citizens to put congressional redistricting reform on the ballot.
In 2015, Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported state legislative redistricting reform. Check out the proposal to fix the congressional map at fairdistrictsohio.org.
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight put a spotlight on Ohio gerrymandering. He noted that swing state Ohio is represented by 12 Republicans and four Democrats. Oliver argues that “those numbers are way out of proportion to what people should expect,” comparing it to accepting Neapolitan ice cream that’s “75 percent strawberry.” And concluding, “That’s not okay.”
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