- Associated Press - Friday, February 3, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio plans to appeal a judge’s decision to block enforcement of a state law that would bar local hiring regulations for public projects, such as Cleveland’s requirement that city residents get to work on certain projects.

Cleveland.com reports (https://bit.ly/2jATK4j ) a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Common Pleas judge this week granted an injunction requested by the city of Cleveland that bars the state from enforcing the law.

Judge Michael Russo ruled the law violated protections in the Ohio Constitution that protect cities’ home rule authority. Cleveland sued the state in August, shortly before the law was to take effect.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson praised the ruling. He says special interests in Columbus are attempting to stop residents from seeing the financial windfall associated with billions of dollars of development underway in the city.

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Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com

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