In our latest eNews: a policy brief on energy efficiency, analysis of what Cuyahoga County’s two largest private nonprofit hospital systems would pay in property taxes if they weren’t exempt, a look at why current rules on help for dislocated workers should stay, and a call to continue federal assistance for the unemployed. (more…)
Unemployment insurance helps keep workers in the labor market, making sure they have transportation to job interviews and money to cover other expenses needed to look for work. Congress should keep this important program alive. (more…)
Smart state policy can foster energy efficiency in Ohio while creating jobs and helping reboot the state’s economic recovery. (more…)
Cuyahoga County’s two largest private nonprofit hospital systems, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, together would owe tens of millions of dollars a year in additional property tax if their exempt properties in Cleveland were subject to taxation, according to a new study by Policy Matters Ohio.
“By one estimate, the additional property tax for the two institutions together would amount to close to $34 million a year, and more than $20 million annually for the Cleveland school district,” said Zach Schiller, co-author of the report and Policy Matters research director.
Those figures are based on an analysis of county property tax records. Policy Matters calculated the tax that would be due, and then reduced it by 40 percent to account for overvaluation that may occur with properties of nonprofits. The figures do not include the substantial properties for which the Clinic, in particular, is seeking exemptions. Altogether, the two hospitals have more than $2 billion in tax-exempt real property in Cuyahoga County, $1.6 billion in such property in the city of Cleveland, and hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of additional property on which they are seeking exemptions.
Policy Matters analyzed the size of the property holdings of Cuyahoga County’s two major private nonprofit hospital systems nine years ago (see www.policymattersohio.org/valuing-the-tax-exempt-property-of-private-nonprofit-hospitals). We updated our analysis at the request of Common Good Ohio and the Cleveland Teachers Union. The analysis covered the bulk of the hospitals’ properties, but is not comprehensive.
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Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim, according to a six-state study Policy Matters Ohio released last month with the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative.
On Monday, December 9 from 1 to 2 p.m., join a webinar for environmental advocates to get the facts on shale drilling’s impact on job creation. This is your opportunity to hear first-hand from the authors of the study and to ask your questions about what this means for Ohio. Webinar capacity is limited, so reserve your spot today at http://bit.ly/ShaleJobsWebinar.
Key findings are included below, and the full report can be found at www.multistateshale.org.
Key Findings from Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why
- While shale-related employment has made a positive contribution to job growth, the number of jobs created is far below industry claims and remains a small share of overall employment in the region.
- Between 2005 and 2012, less than four new direct shale-related jobs have been created for each new well drilled, much less than estimates as high as 31 direct jobs per well in some industry-financed studies.
- Region-wide, shale-related employment accounts for just one out of every 794 jobs. By contrast, education and health sectors account for one out of every six jobs.
- Many of the core extraction jobs existed before the emergence of hydrofracking.
- Together, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia had 38 percent of all producing wells in the country in 1990 and 32 percent in 2000.
- Some counties with a long history of mineral extraction have experienced a shift in employment from coal to shale extraction.
- Industry employment projections have been overstated.
- Some industry supporters have equated “new hires” with “new jobs” and attributed ancillary job figures to shale drilling even when they have nothing to do with drilling.
- Industry-funded studies have used questionable assumption in economic modeling to inflate the number of jobs created in related supply chain industries (indirect jobs) as well as those created by the spending of income earned from the industry or its suppliers (induced jobs).
- Drilling is highly sensitive to price fluctuations, which means that job gains may not be lasting.
- In some counties, employment gains have been reversed as drilling activity shifted to more lucrative oil shale fields in Ohio and North Dakota.
- Direct shale-related employment across the six-state Marcellus/Utica region fell over the last 12 months for which there are data — the first quarter 2012 to the first quarter 2013.
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative brings together independent, nonpartisan research and policy organizations in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to monitor employment trends and the community impacts of energy extraction in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, Learn more at http://www.multistateshale.org.
In our latest eNews, we weigh actual fracking jobs against industry claims, pull together recommendations to bring more and better jobs to Ohio, take stock of the labor market since August, examine the reason for the declining caseload of Ohio’s cash-assistance program, and send out a call to action to defend workers’ rights. (more…)
Clevelanders will stand with workers on Dec. 5 to raise fast-food worker wages and get the economy moving again. Protesters will gather at the McDonald’s on Memphis Avenue to speak out against poverty wages, support the call for a $15-per-hour wage floor for fast-food jobs, and defend people’s right to stick together in the workplace.
WHO: Local Fast-Food Workers, Cleveland Community and Labor Groups, Faith Leaders
WHERE: McDonald’s, 5616 Memphis Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44144
WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Noon
A growing number of consumers and ordinary families are concerned that attempts by corporations in the fast-food industry to hold down wages are slowing down the economy.
As thousands of fast-food workers go on strike from coast to coast, workers, community and labor groups and faith leaders in Cleveland will join the strikers’ call for wages that allow them to afford the basics, put money back into their local economies and no longer be forced onto public assistance programs to make ends meet.
This rally will be one of many actions in cities across the country in support of the fast-food worker movement that started with 200 workers striking in New York City a year ago. The movement has grown steadily since then, with strikes spreading to seven cities in the spring and fast-food workers in 60 cities going on strike on Aug. 29.Download a flyer here.
State policy can help restore and create good jobs. It can drive investment in training and education. And what happens in Columbus can keep our workforce healthier and happier, help make work pay, and protect worker rights. This new policy brief pulls together our recommendations to help create an Ohio economy that works for everyone. (more…)
Ohio had fewer jobs in October than in May, the peak for this year. The state has added only 2,600 jobs since the last jobs report in August, according to the latest data. (more…)
Many leave program without jobs or aid; food-program requirements to start
The overall caseload at Ohio Works First has plummeted while unemployment remains high in counties across the state, according to a new report by Policy Matters Ohio. Many participants have lost aid because they have been unable to meet work requirements in the state’s cash-assistance program. Similar work requirements are about to be applied to food assistance in 72 Ohio counties, with potentially harmful results for 134,000 adults.
“Shrinking aid presents a challenge for Ohio’s poorest families and the human service organizations that serve them, especially as Ohio’s economy struggles with a slow recovery,” said report author Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio.
Patton analyzed data on economic conditions and interviewed the directors of Job and Family Services agencies in three counties. They discussed changes in work participation rates and what the new work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could mean for the lowest-income residents of their counties.
“There is a myth out there that people on cash assistance lead a comfortable, luxurious life,” said Athens County Director Jack Frech. “This observation is made by people who have never been poor nor known anyone who is poor.”
Cash assistance and food stamps together put a family of three at 60 percent of the federal poverty level.
“We’re seeing a contradiction in state policy,” said Patton. “Ohio just made a smart decision to expand Medicaid, but has put in place work requirements that are labor intensive for service agencies, difficult for participants to meet, and may deny food aid to people who need it.”
The full report, interview transcripts, and county-by-county data on economic conditions and need are posted to the Policy Matters website at www.policymattersohio.org/shrinking-nov2013.