October 2010 News from Policy Matters Ohio: Events, Coalitions, Reports

- October 15, 2010

Future Middle Class – Join us Thursday October 14 at 8:30 a.m. for a legislative briefing on the economic challenges facing young Ohio. We’ll talk about how federal and state policy can restore opportunities for the next generation. Click here for upcoming events.

In Cleveland that day? – If so, instead come hear Research Director Zach Schiller describe the $8 billion hole in Ohio’s state budget and how to restore a little balance in the Buckeye State – at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, 1468 West 25th Street at noon.

Broke USA –  The riveting Gary Rivlin comes to Cleveland to discuss his bestselling new book Broke USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty Inc, How the Working Poor became Big Business – at the City Club at noon, October 29. Registration recommended.

Who stole my wages? – Think workers should be paid for all the hours they work? If so, ask your organization to join our alliance against wage theft. E-mail to learn how: hhalbert@policymattersohio.org.

Out of Poverty – A new report recommends investing in the clean economy, aligning those investments with training programs, and including previously excluded workers as we do so. Sound like a yellow brick road out of poverty? Read how Ohio is already starting to make it a reality (and what more needs to be done).

Energy and Recovery – The Recovery Act made available more than $100 billion for clean energy and the environment. Schools, local governments, businesses and others in Ohio have worked hard to secure almost a billion of this. It’s been used to weatherize 19,000 homes, clean up Pike County’s nuclear reservation, expand solar in Wilmington, replace boilers at the Wood County jail, and help firms in Perrysburg, Dayton, Findlay, Akron and more. See some examples and read what it could mean for recovery in Ohio.

That’s all!
The Policy Matters Team 

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