Catching our eye 12.6.19

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    Catching our eye:

    About the GM Lordstown announcement. If you read our reporting closely, in Tyler Buchanan‘s story today about GM’s new investment in Lordstown, he reports that, “The company is touting this project as an investment of up to $2.3 billion focused on the mass production of battery cells for future lines of electric vehicles.”

    That is language directly from Gov. DeWine’s release. When we read “up to,” we’d do well to hear, “but not necessarily that much.”

    We should expect our elected officials to push them to fulfill the entire $2.3 billion investment.

    I’d also like to see those 1,100 jobs be good-paying and good benefits union jobs.

    DeWine for home rule? Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler is reporting that, “Gov. Mike DeWine doesn’t like that lawmakers are considering bills that would halt plastic bag bans.”

    “I think this would be a mistake. I think the state government should allow local communities to do what they think is best in regard to this area,” DeWine said.

    Key phrase: “in regard to this area.” Ohio’s been in a bit of a battle over home rule on a variety of issues as of late. The inimitable, indomitable Thomas Suddes (a professor of mine at the Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism back in the day) recently wrote about it here.

    This is important. The Columbus Dispatch’s Rick Rouan is reporting, “Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation they say would alter the Family Unification Program to help prevent homelessness for youth aging out of the foster care system.

    “The bill passed the House last month with bipartisan support, including co-sponsors from Ohio’s delegation: Reps. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat, and Steve Stivers and Mike Turner, both Republicans.”

    I’ve reported on what happens to many who age out of the foster care system, and the homelessness and trouble they face. This legislation is important. It should be passed, signed and made law.

    David C. DeWitt
    David C. DeWitt is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience covering Ohio politics and policy. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS and Plunderbund.com covering topics such as education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, government, business, labor, energy, environment and social issues. His work has also appeared in Government Executive, the Columbus Dispatch, Girlfriends magazine, Bleacher Report and the Ashtabula Star Beacon, among others.