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Law Journal

What Will Happen to Ohio’s Safety Net Programs?

January 2015

As we begin the new 2015-2016 legislative session, the Ohio House has new leadership, with a larger majority of Republicans, the Senate has the same leadership, and the voters endorsed the same Governor, not to mention the same roster of other elected state officials. As a poverty law practitioner and advocate for low income Ohioans, […]

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The Future of Payday Lending in Ohio – Take 2

June 2014

In a previous post, I suggested that the Ohio Supreme Court may or may not decide the future of payday lending in Ohio.  On Thursday, June 12, the Court did issue a decision.  Unfortunately for Ohio consumers and voters, the Court validated the current industry business model, deciding that these short term, small dollar predatory […]

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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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Consumer Advocates Offer Recommendations to PUCO Rules

October 2013

Recently, Ohio residential consumer advocates were invited by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO to file comments of on the rules governing the connection, disconnection and reconnection of gas and electric service and Ohio’s low income assistance program the Percentage of Income Payment program Plus (PIPP Plus) as part of the PUCO’s five-year review. […]

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Medicaid expansion is a win-win for Ohio

August 2013

August 28, 2013:  the Ohio Poverty Law Center releases fact sheets showing why Medicaid expansion is a win-win for Ohio For Immediate Release:  August 28, 2013 Facts show that Medicaid expansion is a win-win for Ohio   The Ohio Poverty Law Center released fact sheets on health care coverage and spending for each of Ohio’s 88 counties showing why expanding […]

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Advocates Improve Unemployment Compensation Bill for Ohio Workers

July 2013

The Ohio General Assembly has passed new unemployment compensation legislation, House Bill 2 (HB 2), and Governor Kasich signed HB 2 on July 11, 2013.  It becomes law 90 days after the Governor’s signature, but certain requirements take effect at a later date. As a result of advocacy by Mike Smalz (Ohio Poverty Law center), Hannah Halbert (Policy Matters) and […]

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