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Commentary & Editorials

Loan Sharking and Payday Lending

March 2014

In the struggle to regulate the short term, small dollar loan industry, one theory regularly pops up.  This theory states that if such loans are capped and regulated, violent loan sharks will take the place of legitimate small loan businesses that would not be able to survive under such onerous regulation.  The violent loan shark […]

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Ohio At A Cross Roads: Medicaid Expansion

April 2013

Ohio At A Cross Roads: Medicaid Expansion The Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich are at odds over Medicaid expansion as anticipated by the Affordable Care Act. The Governor, a conservative Republican, included a Medicaid expansion in the state budget for all Ohioans with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. This is […]

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OPLC Fights to Preserve Ohio Consumers’ Access to Landline Telephones

December 2012

This piece was written by OPLC Staff Attorney Joe Maskovyak. The legislature has adjourned for the 2011-12 term, and opponents of SB 271, including OPLC, can breathe a little easier knowing that SB 271 died a quiet death when this legislature adjourned for the final time.  The breathing will only be a little easier, since […]

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How Not to Talk About Poverty

August 2012

How We Should Change Our Message and Language to Build a Movement to End Poverty Written By Melissa Salamon, Guest Blogger, OPLC Summer Intern, and 2L at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Our society continues to project an aura of negativity around the term poverty, but advocates are working hard to change […]

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Commentary: How Poverty Puts Our Democracy at Stake

June 2012

By:  Sarah Biehl, Staff Attorney The concentrations of power and wealth that we are seeing at the top and the sense of political exclusion and impossibility that we are seeing at the bottom threaten a new order that would hard to characterize as the animating ideal of our country. At the end of the day, […]

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