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A new way to talk to you

by Policy Matters Ohio on March 25th, 2015
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Friends – Policy Matters supports a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio. We do this by producing the best possible research and analysis, by getting hundreds of newspaper and other media stories each year (see this “fierce” television debate for an example — it starts at 5:20 into the video), and by working with amazing coalitions to push for policy change. But – until today – we have not had a blog. That is about to change. You heard it here first. With this post, we are launching a blog that will enable us to reach you more quickly with easy-to-absorb posts. Posts about how to create more and better jobs, how to ensure a quality Ohio, how to make our communities more sustainable, and how to make our economy work for all of us. (read more)

Are innovation projects money well spent?

by Policy Matters Ohio on March 25th, 2015
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The executive budget is big on innovation. Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget contains six line items supporting “innovation funds” of one kind or another, at a cost of $262 million over the next two years. That’s an increase of $33 million over the prior budget. In an environment where local governments and schools have lost billions in revenue sharing, proposed funding for need-based financial aid remains $67 million below what is was in the recession, and state funding for protective services remains extremely low relative to the nation, funding of experimentation should be closely examined. What outcomes are anticipated? How will innovation dollars for education, mental health and other areas help rebuild a frayed base of critical public services? Who will decide what is a worthy outcome that benefits the entire system? (read more)