Monday, May 04, 2009


Five Things You Need To Know This Week, May 4, 2009

1. In the Nation...
For the first time in more than three decades, Social Security recipients will not get any increase in their benefits next year, federal forecasts show.

2. In the State...
The same budget plan that promises billions to primary and secondary education over the next decade would deny thousands of low-income Ohio youngsters access to state-funded preschool.

3. In the Region...
Twinsburg plant among five Chrysler to close by end of 2010

4. At Community Solutions...
This week, readers of State Budgeting Matters are treated to two editions—one special edition by John Begala (May 1) and the regularly scheduled edition by Dick Sheridan (later this week). The special edition, “Medicaid and the Impending Train Wreck in Ohio Government,” illustrates how the evolution of Ohio’s Medicaid program through the decades is exemplary proof of George Santayana’s well-worn admonition: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Read it here now:

5. Miscellaneous
The American Chestnut Foundation hopes to reintroduce the American chestnut tree, which once dominated forests in northern Ohio and other states before becoming virtually extinct.

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