Residency Laws

Gov. Bob Taft signed a bill Jan. 27 abolishing mandatory residency for municipal workers, and Newman and other East 185th Street business owners fear the law will cripple them unless Mayor Frank Jackson is successful in challenging it. The law takes effect in April.

This is from a very good article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about how businesses depend on residency laws for city workers. Read the whole thing here.

My personal belief is that these laws are a copout on the part of poor/rundown cities. Instead of Cleveland paying for lawsuits to enforce its law (and fight the new state law), it should concentrate on making the city a place were people WANT to live.

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