Raising Ohio's Minimum Wage
In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to get a higer minumum wage referendum on the November ballot.
James Hayes, spokesman for Ohioans for Raising the Wage, joins the show.
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In this week's episode:
That's What I Want
In Ohio, the minium wage stands at $8.70 per hour, and goes up each year with inflation. But many believe that's not enough.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Dave Yost certified the ballot language for the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment,” which would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2025.
Before it gets on the ballot, the proposal goes to the ballot board and if approved, supporters have to collect roughly 443,000 signatures by July 1, 2020. But the movement has support from the Service Employees International Union and the Ohio Teachers Union who have lots of members to collect signatures and pay for signature collectors.
Will You Vouch For Me?
A big debate over who should qualify for private school vouchers and who should pay the cost of sending kids to private schools has sprung up at the Statehouse. It's a complicated issue where voucher eligibilty is based on school report cards that many feel are unfair.
The Ohio Senate came up with a compromise to reduce the number of schools eligible for the EdChoice program, which is set to balloon this year, while raising the income level of eligible families so more families can get vouchers.
However, House Speaker Householder has his own idea for a new voucher system based not on whether the student goes to a failing school, but on a family’s income. His plan would also not put the financial burden on local school districts.
Snollygoster Of The Week
Ken Starr, whose investigation led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, has changed his tune on the issue now that he is part of President Trump's defense team.
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