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  • November 17, 2011

    — by Bob Blake
    WASHINGTON — Last month, the Social Security Administration announced the first cost-of-living adjustment for recipients in two years. Wednesday, a pair of federal legislators unveiled a plan aimed at helping senior a little more. Sen. Sherrod Brown in a teleconference with reporters announced the introduction of the Consumer Price Index for... Read More
  • November 17, 2011

    — by Vicki Needham
    A pair of Senate Democrats are urging passage of a bill that would reconfigure the formula used to determine cost-of-living adjustments for seniors and Social Security recipients, a plan that runs counter to a proposal under consideration by the supercommittee.  Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced the... Read More
  • November 16, 2011

    — by M.L. Schultze
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says the cost of living for older Americans is a lot different than the cost of living for working Americans.  And he says Social Security should reflect that.  The Democrat has introduced the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act. It would change the way cost-of-living increases are calculated for Social... Read More
  • November 14, 2011

    CINCINNATI — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will be hosting small business seminars on Tuesday in Cincinnati and Wilmington. Small business owners seeking to grow their businesses can learn what resources are available through the federal government such as financing through the Small Business Administration, new tax incentives, and increasing... Read More
  • November 13, 2011

    I am writing to express my concern for protecting our Armed Forces budget, and in particular one project, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Amid the political banter in Washington, it seems one military project that has been heavily debated is the F-35, currently being developed for our military. This aircraft is undergoing testing, and once... Read More
  • November 13, 2011

    — by Laura Siedlecki
    WEST SALEM -- With small businesses struggling to access the credit they need to grow, a local bank received $2.3 million through the Small Business Lending Fund. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced in September that Community Independent Bancorp in West Salem will receive funding to increase its lending to small businesses. "Small businesses are... Read More
  • November 13, 2011

    — by Mike Lesko
    When Norm Vendeland of Munroe Falls accepted a Purple Heart medal in August on behalf of his late brother, Al, it had 67 years since Al Vendeland died at age 19 in 1944 while serving in World War II. For the family, though, it had been worth the wait to receive the Purple Heart and other medals. At the ceremony at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public... Read More
  • November 10, 2011

    — by Larry Shields
    SALEM - The resources and connections are there for companies who want to export, said Linda Caruso, commercial officer for the U.S. Dept of Commerce, U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland. Caruso appeared at a "trade luncheon' sponsored by Consumers National Bank and hosted by the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center at the Salem... Read More
  • November 09, 2011

    Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is, once again, defending Ohio jobs by urging continued tariffs on foreign products. This time the International Trade Commission is reviewing antidumping duties on nitrogen fertilizer imports from Russia and Ukrain. Brown, in a letter to the ITC, urged extension of the duties to protect some 240 jobs at PCS Nitrogen Ohio... Read More
  • November 09, 2011

    — by Greg Sargent
    Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, on a conference call just now, offered an extensive interpretation of last night’s results in his state. In so doing, he made a strong case for the liberal vision, emphasizing the public’s instincts for fairness, the need to take active steps to fortify the middle class, and the imperative of battling against... Read More
  • November 09, 2011

    — by Mary Rogus
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to help cities, such as Cleveland, go after out-of-state property firms that leave cities on the hook for millions of dollars to demolish abandoned and condemned houses. Brown raised the issue Tuesday in a meeting with FHA commissioner nominee Carol Galante, who... Read More
  • November 09, 2011

    — by Mike Lesko
    By Mike Lesko When Norm Vendeland of Munroe Falls accepted a Purple Heart medal in August on behalf of his late brother, Al, it had 67 years since Al Vendeland died at age 19 in 1944 while serving in World War II. For the family, though, it had been worth the wait to receive the Purple Heart and other medals. At the ceremony at the Stow-Munroe... Read More
  • November 08, 2011

    — by KATHY AMES CARR
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Nov. 1 introduced legislation that would expand markets for local farming businesses, increase access to locally grown foods and replenish community economies. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would help farmers and ranchers by addressing production, aggregation, marketing and distribution... Read More
  • November 08, 2011

    — by Misti Crane
    A program that prepares medical responders for worst-case scenarios is in jeopardy as Congress considers ways to cut the federal debt. Columbus is home to one of 124 Metropolitan Medical Response Systems in the nation, and those in charge of operating the 15-year-old program here say that losing federal dollars could be devastating in the event of... Read More
  • November 07, 2011

    — by Sherrod Brown
    Student loan debt now surpasses credit card debt in the United States, according to the Federal Reserve.College students and their families should not have to sign away their financial futures when they sign up for college. Yet, many Americans saddled with student loan debt must postpone buying a car, investing in a home, or starting a family."Come... Read More
  • November 07, 2011

    — by John Nolan
    Ohio's military facilities will show a net gain of 2 percent in jobs during the next two years despite the Air Force's system-wide reduction of civilian employment, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Led by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which expects a net gain of 363 positions in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the state ranked second in... Read More
  • November 07, 2011

    A small business seminar was held Monday at North Central State College's Kehoe Center in Shelby. The two-hour session was sponsored by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who spoke to the gathering by way of a recorded video. About a dozen small business owners, or prospective owners, were told how the government can help them increase sales, get tax... Read More
  • November 03, 2011

    — by David DeWitt
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation based on a study co-authored by an Athens resident that would expand markets for area farming businesses and increase access to locally grown foods. Brown announced the introduction of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act on Tuesday, stating that the legislation will boost Ohio's rural... Read More
  • November 03, 2011

    — by Janet Rogers
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Home heating oil is projected to be at its highest price ever during this coming winter. Yet, Congress is looking at cutting heating assistance to states in the north. Edna Vazquex and more than 426-thousand seniors and families in Ohio rely on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, also called LIHEAP, to stay warm and keep... Read More
  • November 03, 2011

    — by David Skolnick
    YOUNGSTOWN U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met with former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, the director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, to discuss what can be done in Ohio cities that lost vehicle plants in recent years. “We talked about good news with General Motors in Lordstown, but... Read More