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Opinion: Confirmation of Kathy Kraninger Is Necessary

By David Williams

InsideSources.com

As the deficit grows, it is critical for officials to understand how to balance a budget, run programs efficiently and still produce results. When finding leaders to run the various departments and programs in our government, it is equally important to identify candidates who are fiscally responsible and able to grasp complex policy decisions.

Unsurprisingly, this can be hard to find, especially when the other skills and experiences expected of someone heading up a government agency are taken into account.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), formerly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was created to be a consumer watchdog but devolved into a one-sided regulatory behemoth. In picking the next director, strong leadership is critical for taming the regulatory beast and delivering a better value for taxpayers.

Since its inception in 2010, the BCFP has used dubious legal authority to advance its misguided agenda. In 2013, for instance, the bureau bequeathed broad powers to itself via an initiative called Operation Choke Point that lacked proper statutory authorization.

Along with the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the BCFP discouraged financial institutions from offering services to businesses in industries deemed unfavorable to the government. After multiple wanton bank account terminations and other acts not disclosed to Congress, Republicans in Congress finally put an end to the “Operation” in 2017.

Similarly, a rule banning “mandatory arbitration” clauses and forcing consumers to go through lengthier, more costly legal proceedings was kiboshed in Congress (also in 2017) just a few months after the rule went on the books.

While Congress has had previous success in striking down onerous BCFP rules, a leader at the helm committed to rule of law would lead to less regulation to begin with. The nomination of Kathy Kraninger to serve as the director of BCFP is an encouraging step in this direction of regulatory and fiscal restraint.

President Trump has selected a well-rounded, qualified candidate who can deftly handle budgetary and policy issues with ease. As the BCFP enters its next stage of development, it is crucial to have someone who can balance taking action without overrunning resources.

In her current position with the Office Management and Budget, she handles the budget for the nearly three dozen cabinets, departments and federal agencies — which receive $250 billion in federal tax dollars. Importantly, this includes every federal office responsible for consumer finance. Her oversight of the budgetary needs of every federal program gives her insight into what these agencies require, prioritize and accomplish.

Through her work at OMB, she likely has also become aware of where unnecessary resources have been spent throughout the federal government. Running a federal agency on a leaner budget doesn’t have to dilute its main mission or restrict it from acting where needed, as some fearmongers have claimed. It just makes our government that much more efficient, which will keep the deficit from unnecessarily climbing.

Kraninger offers the unique constellation of traits needed to lead a federal bureau. Through her impressive career, she has proven she can work on complex issues, lead a team, and stick to a budget, attributes that will make her successful in this role.

The bureau — and consumers across the country — would benefit greatly from someone like her at the helm, especially as the BCFP enters a new frontier.

Putting political affiliation aside, there is no reason to oppose her nomination. Her resume and accomplishments prove she will get the job done. The Senate must confirm her to lead the BCFP before leaving for recess. We cannot risk letting such a qualified candidate go due to petty partisanship.

ABOUT THE WRITER

David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Approximately $27 Million available in Franklin County

From State Capital Improvements and Local Transportation Improvements Programs

(Columbus – August 9, 2018) During Program Year 33, the Ohio Public Works Commission will allocate approximately $27 million in loans and grants for District 3/Franklin County projects through the Ohio Public Works Commission’s State Capital Improvements Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvements Program (LTIP). These programs provide financial assistance to local communities for the improvement of their basic infrastructure systems. Eligible projects include improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, and solid waste disposal facilities. District 3/Franklin County will recommend projects for both SCIP and LTIP for the project year beginning July 1, 2019.

Counties, cities, villages, townships and special infrastructure districts located in Franklin County that are interested in applying for funding can contact Nathaniel Vogt at 614-233-4183 or nvogt@morpc.org for assistance. Completed applications are due Monday, September 10, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. for all applicants in District 3.

MORPC provides administrative support to the Public Works Integrating Committee for District 3, including processing and reviewing project grant and loan requests from local governments. After evaluating and scoring the projects, the committee will create a list of high priority projects that are submitted to the Ohio Public Works Commission. Final project approval is given by the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is a voluntary association of local governments and regional organizations that envisions and embraces innovative directions in economic prosperity, energy, the environment, housing, land use, and transportation. Our transformative programming, services and innovative public policy are designed to promote and support the vitality and growth in the region. For more information, please visit www.morpc.org.

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

August 9, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled August meeting Thursday afternoon at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.

– The meeting marked the first Board of Directors meeting of the 2018-19 school year. Meet the Board of Directors members at: http://www.ohsaa.org/about/BOD

– The board reviewed the school membership list for 2018-19, which includes 817 schools. Four new schools include Delaware Olentangy Berlin, Willoughby Andrews Osborne Academy, East Dayton Christian and Cincinnati Mercy McAuley (consolidation of McAuley and Mother of Mercy). In addition, Youngstown Chaney has rejoined. Four schools are no longer OHSAA members, including Mount Gilead Christian, East Richland Christian (St. Clairsville), Gahanna Christian and Heritage Christian (Canton).

– Since the board’s last meeting, seven member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions and penalties is always included in the complete meeting minutes, but media members may request the list in advance from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, at tstried@ohsaa.org.

– The board reviewed the attendance and financial reports from the 2018 tournaments in swimming and diving, team and individual wrestling, softball and baseball. In swimming, the total paid attendance at the state tournament was 8,376, down from 8,508 in 2017. The dual team wrestling state tournament drew 3,491 fans and operated at a loss of $19,733. The individual wrestling state tournament had a paid attendance of 45,400, which was down from 47,758 in 2017. The baseball state tournament attendance was 13,962, up from 12,522 in 2017. The softball state tournament attendance was 8,094, up from 7,437 in 2017.

– The board reviewed the new divisional breakdowns and competitive balance data for the 2019 softball and baseball seasons. The information is now posted on the OHSAA website.

– The board reviewed the tournament regulations for the OHSAA’s fall sports of golf, girls tennis, field hockey, cross country, volleyball and soccer. The tournament regulations will be posted on the respective sport pages at OHSAA.org.

– The board approved a slight modification to the OHSAA internal business rules for competitive balance to address the scenario of a new high school opening. The business rules are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/SchoolResources/CompetitiveBalance/CB%20Business%20Rules.pdf

– New board approved modifications to the OHSAA business rules for athletic participation of non-enrolled students in multiple high school districts. The updated document is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Eligibility/BusinessRulesMultiHSPublic.pdf

OHSAA Member School Resources: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources

OHSAA Sports & Tournaments: http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports

OHSAA News & Media Home: http://www.ohsaa.org/news-media

OHSAA Radio Network: http://ohsaa.org/news/radio

Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association: http://ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA

ODNR News Release – Updated Proposals Presented to Ohio Wildlife Council

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Aug. 9, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH – Updated rule proposals were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council at their regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

These rule proposals were updated from the original rule proposals the council first heard at their July meeting. Public comments on the proposals will be accepted online from Aug. 10-31, 2018, at wildohio.gov.

The updated proposals and the public hearing notice have been posted online at wildohio.gov.

A statewide public hearing on the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215. These hearings are open to the public, and input from the public is permitted within specific time limits.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

August 6, 2018

TWO TENNIS TEAMS FROM RACQUET CLUB OF COLUMBUS WIN USTA JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS MIDWEST SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two Other RCC Teams Finish Second in Their Respective Divisions

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., AUGUST 6, 2018 — Two teams from the Racquet Club of Columbus (RCC) won the 18 and Under age divisions at the 2018 USTA Junior Team Tennis Midwest Section Championships which took place July 28-29 in Indianapolis, Ind.

These teams advanced to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships which take place in November.

Two other RCC teams finished in second place in the 14 and Under age divisions.

More than 300 tennis players representing over 50 different teams from throughout the Midwest competed in the championship, making it one of the largest junior tennis tournaments in the country. Following are the teams from the club that were top finishers in their divisions:

First Place: RCC 18 and Under Advanced (advanced to nationals)

First Place: RCC 18 and Under Intermediate (advanced to nationals)

Second Place: RCC 14 and Under Advanced

Second Place: RCC 14 and Under Intermediate

Teams from throughout the USTA/Midwest Section (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin) competed in the following divisions: 18 and Under (ages 15-18), 14 and Under (ages 13-14), 12 and Under (ages 11-12) and 10 and Under. Each division includes both intermediate and advanced level teams. The teams that participated in the USTA Junior Team Tennis Midwest Section Championships advanced by winning their district playoff or by dominating their local league.

USTA Junior Team Tennis is a national youth tennis league with nearly 100,000 players nationwide. Young players come together to form teams that play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams at the local, sectional and national level. USTA Junior Team Tennis is for children of all skill levels between the ages of 8 and 18 and offers two types of programs: local play (non-advancing) and advancing. Learn more about USTA Junior Team Tennis at www.usta.com/en/home/play/programs-for-everyone/national/about-junior-team-tennis.html.

About USTA/Midwest Section

The USTA/Midwest Section exceeds 61,000 individual members and approximately 1,000 member organizations. It is the second largest section of the United States Tennis Association consisting of 13 Districts in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as designated counties in West Virginia and Kentucky. The USTA/Midwest Section offers recreational and competitive tennis for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Visit www.midwest.usta.com for more information.

Drawings to be Held for Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

FINDLAY, OH – Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The ODNR Division of Wildlife will be holding drawings in northwest Ohio at the following locations:

Pipe Creek Wildlife Area Waterfowl Hunts-

A drawing will be held at Osborn Park Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.

East Sandusky Bay Metro Park Waterfowl Hunts-

A drawing will be held at Osborn Park Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.

To be eligible to apply all applicants (adult and youth) must be properly licensed to hunt the species for which the hunt is being held (i.e. possess a current hunting license, any necessary permits, stamps, or certifications such as HIP).

For more information on Ohio’s wildlife resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.

Southwest Ohio Wildlife Area Duck Blind Lotteries Set for Aug. 18

XENIA, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select wildlife areas this waterfowl hunting season.

Drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. Drawings for six blinds at Spring Valley and seven blinds at Clark Lake Wildlife Areas will start promptly at 8:00am at the Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia. The office will be open by 7:30am. The drawing for approximately 70 blinds at Mercer Wildlife Area will open for applications at 7:15 am with the drawing at 8 a.m. at Mercer Wildlife Area, 6615 State Route 703, Celina, 45822.

Interested applicants must appear in person with proof of a 2018 Ohio hunting license, state wetlands stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name, a signed 2017 or 2018 federal duck stamp and a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification prior to the drawing. HIP certification is free and can be accomplished by calling 1-877-HIP-OHIO. For more information on HIP please go to http://www.fws.gov/hip/. Hunters are encouraged to call the Wildlife Area headquarters or the Wildlife District Five office for information on these controlled hunts, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Applicants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and provide the required license and stamps.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2019.

Special Controlled Dove Hunt Drawings Offered in Southwest Ohio

XENIA, OH – Special controlled dove hunts will be held on August 25th, 2018 according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Controlled hunts will take place at Fallsville, Rush Run, Woodland Trails, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott wildlife areas. The drawings will be held at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, and Indian Creek wildlife areas. Woodland Trails will be held at Rush Run and Bott at Indian Creek. These controlled hunts will occur during the first two days of the season, Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Controlled hunts will also be held at the St. Marys State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

St. Marys Fish Hatchery “opening day” hunt will be drawn on August 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the hatchery. Drawings for September 2nd, 8th, and 15th will be held at noon on the days of the hunts at the St. Marys Fish Hatchery. Youth will be given priority on the September 2nd and 8th. An adult must be present with the youth(s) and sign the permit. The office address is 01735 Feeder Rd. St. Marys, OH 45885. The hatchery is located at the east end of the lake. Please feel free to contact the office at (419) 236-8838 or download a map of Grand Lake St. Marys here.

Hunting hours will be noon to sunset for all controlled dove hunts. Drawings for opening day dove hunts at these public hunting areas will be held promptly at noon on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the respective wildlife area headquarters. All other drawings will be held at noon the day of the hunt. Contact the Wildlife District Five (Xenia) office at (937) 372- 9261 for dove hunting information. Accommodations will also be provided to handicapped dove hunters that are selected for the controlled dove hunts. Please contact the staff at the wildlife areas. Fallsville, 937-987-2508, Rush Run, 513-726-6795, Spring Valley 937-488-3115 and Indian Creek, 513-875-2111.

Hours for dove hunting on District Five wildlife areas, controlled and non-controlled, are noon to sunset from Sept. 1-10, 2017. Hours are sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the dove hunting season.

In order to participate in the drawings hunters will be required to present a 2018-2019 hunting license and current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification prior to the drawing. HIP certification is free and can be accomplished by calling 1-877-HIP-OHIO. For more information on HIP please go to http://www.fws.gov/hip/ . Shotguns cannot capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler which limits the capacity of the gun to three shells. The filler must be such that it cannot be removed without disassembling the gun. Doves may be hunted with lead shot.

Visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife website at wildohio.gov to learn more Ohio’s hunting and shooting opportunities. 2018 dove field maps coming soon. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov. Support Ohio’s wildlife. Buy a license or stamp at wildohio.gov.

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