U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 49 other senators are urging the delay of the planned closure of several U.S. Postal Service processing centers, including one in Akron.
The senators sent a letter today to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and Government, asking them to prevent the planned closures of 82 processing centers in 2015. They say Congress needs more time to pass comprehensive reform to fund postal operations.
"Closing Akron's mail processing facility will deprive the community of hundreds of good-paying jobs, making it difficult for families to make ends meet," Brown said in a news release. "Immediate action needs to be taken so workers can keep their jobs and continue providing reliable service for the city."
The closure of the centers would eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs, including 400 in Akron. The Akron center on Wolf Ledges Parkway was spared from the first wave of postal center shut downs in 2012.To read more or comment...
For the second time this year, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will speak in Akron later this month.
Fudge, who represents the 11th Congressional District that includes parts of Summit County and Akron, will speak at the Akron Roundtable luncheon Thursday, Aug. 21. The event is sponsored by State & Federal Communications.
The luncheon will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St. in Akron. Tickets are $20 each and include lunch.
Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, spoke in January at an Akron Press Club luncheon. Also this year, she opened an office in Akron and had a town hall meeting in the city.To read more or comment...
Michael Wager, the Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District, is calling on U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, who currently holds this seat, to up the minimum wage.
Wager, an attorney and adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, will air his views at noon Tuesday outside of Joyce's office at 10075 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg. He will be joined by local union volunteers and citizens.
Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the minimum wage to be raised from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour. The minimum wage was last increased in 2009.
A few federal officials, including U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, recently lived on minimum wage for a week to highlight the difficulty of living on it. Opponents argue raising the minimum wage would hurt businesses.To read more or comment...
Time is running out to cast an early ballot for Tuesday's special election.
The one and only issue on the ballot in Portage and Summit County is a levy for Mogadore schools.
In-person early voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Mail-in absentee ballots must be requested by noon Saturday and postmarked by Monday. Absentee ballots may be dropped off at the Summit County elections board, 470 Grant St. in Akron, on Election Day, but not at polling places.
The only polling place for the election will be the Mogadore Community Center, 3857 Mogadore Road in Mogadore. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.To read more or comment...
Akron has a new plan to guide development downtown.
Akron City Council this week approved the redevelopment plan, which will consolidate five to six plans previously approved for downtown. The new plan involves no zoning changes or property acquisition.
"This is just consolidating into one map," said Councilman Jeff Fusco.
Councilwoman Linda Omobien asked during a recent committee meeting why this wasn't done before now.To read more or comment...