Organizations

Canadian “Idle No More” Appeals to Ohio Progressives for Support

Representatives of Canadian anarchist organization Idle No More (INM) performed aboriginal dances and songs for roughly 20 onlookers in the annual Community Festival’s “Peace Village” tent in Columbus the final weekend in June. This year’s “ComFest,” a celebration of “cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit,” was attended by nearly 25,000.

Policy

Ohio House Passes Bipartisan Traffic Camera Ban

The Ohio House approved House Bill 69 (HB 69), which would restrict the use of automated traffic cameras, before the General Assembly left for its summer recess. If passed by the Ohio Senate and signed by Governor John Kasich, the bill would generally forbid state and local law enforcement from using automated cameras for traffic surveillance.

Policy

Number of Budget Earmarks Jumps 32%

The state budget that will be voted on this week has more earmarks now than when lawmakers first took it up for consideration, according to a comparison of reports issued by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. When Governor Scott Walker introduced his budget plan in February, some lawmakers decried overall spending and particularly the amount of bonding included in the proposed budget.