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Policy Matters Ohio, July 22nd, 2014

 Changes to public assistance programs in the MBR emphasize cost cutting, stricter eligibility, but not alleviation of poverty. (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, July 18th, 2014

Ohio still crawling out of a six figure job deficit, adds 12,700 jobs in June.  Unemployment rate steady at 5.5 percent. (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, July 2nd, 2014

Most of the $400 million-plus in tax cuts for Fiscal Year 2015 will go the affluent. The Mid-Biennium Review also continues with an unfortunate Ohio tradition of permitting or enlarging tax benefits to special, narrow groups of taxpayers. (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, July 1st, 2014

Ohio CASH 2nd Quarter Meeting Follow-up The June 19 Ohio CASH quarterly meeting discussed crucial advances and setbacks in county, state, and Supreme Court action related to helping low-income families save. Ken Surratt of the Cuyahoga County Savings Plan discussed the county’s... (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, July 1st, 2014

Director Amy Hanauer weighs in on the power of local communities to create positive change in a national climate that has often left families behind (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, June 20th, 2014

Ohio showed a modest job gain of 2,900 last month.  The unemployment rate declined to 5.5 percent, but only because workers left the labor force.  (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, June 17th, 2014

Fracking costs local communities big, and HB 375 severance taxes are too small; to allay public expenses, implement a five percent plus severance tax on the value of all oil and gas drilled, close the loopholes, add a 2.5% fee for community redevelopment and a backstop against possible... (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, June 16th, 2014

Ohio’s Supreme Court voted last week to allow payday lenders to skirt legislation capping interest rates at 28% APR, and continue charging triple digit rates, trapping borrowers in a cycle of debt. Policy liaison Hannah Halbert had this to say about the ruling: “Payday... (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, June 2nd, 2014

By Wendy Patton in The Toledo Blade Parents who work need to know that their children are in safe, high-quality  care settings while they are on the job. So do their employers. But such care is expensive: Last year, the average cost of child care in  Lucas County was $740 a month... (read more)

Policy Matters Ohio, May 30th, 2014

To help families in Cleveland’s Central Promise Neighborhood, make Ohio’s EITC refundable and provide free tax prep infrastructure, which helps families keep all of their refund and begin saving. (read more)