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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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Drug Testing Public Benefits Recipients is an Assault on the Poor

May 2012

The Ohio General Assembly recently proposed and later withdrew an amendment to the Midbiennium Budget Review, House Bill 487, requiring that all new applicants for Ohio Works First (OWF) for whom there is “reasonable cause to suspect . . . chemical dependence”, be tested, at their own expense, for illegal drug use.  If such drug use […]

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