Local African American elected officials share ideas with Sen. Brown at Urban League

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Local African American elected officials share ideas with Sen. Brown at Urban League

The Cincinnati Herald – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on May 13 met with local mayors, state representatives, judges, and city council members at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati to discuss the economy, job creation, infrastructure investments, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget and its local impact on communities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Cheryl Grant discusses issues involving the lack of expunging provisions for minor offenses that keep reformed felons from obtaining work with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Cheryl Grant discusses issues involving the lack of expunging provisions for minor offenses that keep reformed felons from obtaining work with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “Cincinnati — as home to P&G, Kroger, UC and other major employers — plays an integral role in the economic development of our state,” Brown said. “That’s why we must immediately address the unconscionable 16.1 percent unemployment rate for African Americans. In promoting economic development, it is imperative that we engage all Ohio communities. Sitting down with local leaders is critical to bringing Queen City values to Washington.”

Brown noted that prolonged unemploment makes it even more difficult for those laid off to get back into the job market as their skills become rusty, new technology bypasses them, and their former work ethic diminishes.

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