Thanks to a bill introduced by State Representative Mike Foley, Ohio will go ahead with a popular program that supports renewable and advanced energy projects. The program, the Advanced Energy Fund, was set to expire by the end of this year but was extended for an additional three years. The Fund uses grants, contracts, loans, linked deposits, and production incentives to encourage and develop a green energy economy.
The choice of whether or not to establish
high-risk insurance pools represents the first major decision that
states are facing with the March 2010 passage of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While twenty-nine
governors -- 22 Democrats and 7 Republicans -- decided to create the
pools themselves, most conservative governors failed to take advantage
of the option to shape health care for their constituents and instead
just kicked the issue back to the federal government, which will
establish its own high-risk insurance pool in states that fail to take
While the shenanigans of former U.S. Representative-turned-pharmaceutical lobbyist Billy Tauzin
and other legislators-turned-lobbyists make national headlines, the
abuse of power in the states often receive scant attention. A recent
decision by the U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio reminds
us that the revolving door among legislators-turned-lobbyists is as
much a problem in the states as we hear about at the federal level.