Day before, morning after

- November 5, 2012

In this edition of our eNews — What higher-ed deregulation might mean for Ohio; Trade Adjustment Assistance in Ohio for workers and firms affected by international trade; what Ohio should do with a pre-paid debit card for state tax returns; JobWatch; Hanauer on morning-after-election panel; NOBLE budget platform meeting.

Deregulation hikes tuition – Last year, the Kasich administration announced plans to weaken regulation of its public colleges and universities. Only problem? Our analysis of college and university systems around the country suggests that deregulation may lead to a system that charges more in tuition and enrolls fewer low-income students. This Dispatch story on our report said the deregulation plan is dead. Let’s not revive it. A better way to create a strong system that works for everyone? Provide adequate funding and target resources to need-based aid.
Trading fewer jobs – The number of Ohio workers and workplaces certified for federal assistance because they’ve been hit by trade was at a six-year low in 2011. This good news is partly due to manufacturing growth in the state. Our analysis of Trade Adjustment Assistance recommends keeping rules in place to help displaced workers retool for new jobs.
12 principles – Ohio is considering legislation, Senate Bill 365, that would allow the state to issue a prepaid debit card as an option for those who do not receive direct deposit for their state tax refund. We’ve identified an approach that will help make sure Ohioans benefit from a fair, safe and easy-to-use card.
Mixed message – Ohio’s unemployment rate fell and our labor force increased in a September labor market survey, but another survey showed a 12,000-job loss in Ohio. Monthly numbers can vary but more policies are needed to strengthen the recovery. For more, read our latest JobWatch report.
Morning after – On Wednesday, November 8, our director Amy Hanauer will be part of a panel discussing the implications of Tuesday’s election on work, budgets, health care and more. Other panelists include Greg Brown of Policy Bridge, County Council Member Julian Rogers, Gabriella Celeste of the Schubert Center for Child Studies, and Dorothy Miller of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Sponsored by the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University; register here.
NOBLE forum – On Saturday, November 10, Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality will host a forum on the state budget. NOBLE will use the platform that comes out of the meeting to push for the funding of critical needs to help all Ohioans. Register here for the event, to be held at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.

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