Saturday, May 27

Food stamps, housing and Donald Trump

Orville Sharp III packs up food he received from the Broad Street Presbyterian Church food pantry into his suitcase and bags on May 9, 2022. He has no vehicle and has to haul any food by foot back to his residence.

An Ohio Republican took a page from California Democrats. Folks using food stamps could find themselves going without. And the former president still holds sway over the state’s Republican Party. 

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff.

1) Buying homes by the dozen

Home prices in central Ohio have been rising at double-digit rates for years, and one Republican thinks bulk buying of single-family properties by investment companies might be partially to blame. 

Sen. Bill Blessing, R-Colerain Township, introduced a bill that would ban bulk home buying and force investment companies to wait until homeowners and housing nonprofits have a chance to buy properties sold at auction.

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