Posted on 03/31/21 by Zach Schiller in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
One thing the COVID-19 pandemic and recession have made clear is that unemployment compensation (UC) not only makes sure people who have been laid off can get by, it also bolsters the larger economy by keeping people spending money and paying their bills.
So it’s confounding that the Ohio Chamber of Commerce wants Ohio lawmakers to amend the state budget to include major cutbacks in UC benefits. This includes drastic reductions in who could receive benefits, how much those who do qualify get, and how long they get them. Specifically, the plan would:
Reduce the maximum number of weeks of... read more
Posted on 03/23/21 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
At Policy Matters, we believe government works best when it works for all of us, not just the wealthy few and corporations. So, we were encouraged when President Joseph Biden signed the American Rescue Plan... read more
Posted on 02/24/21 by Will Petrik in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
From Akron to Athens, most of us want the same things for ourselves and our family: peace of mind that we can put food on the table and see a doctor when we need to.... read more
Posted on 01/21/21 by Will Petrik in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
All children, no matter their race or where they come from, deserve a safe, stable, supportive home. Today, that’s not the reality for thousands of children in Ohio’s two-tiered foster care system.
In violation of federal... read more
Posted on 08/12/20 by Wendy Patton in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Most Ohioans are doing our part to get each other through the pandemic and recession. We’re wearing masks, forgoing our favorite activities to stay home instead, and supporting local businesses as much as we can.... read more
Posted on 04/03/20 by Guest Writer in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
by Bill Callahan
Last month, Ohio--along with the rest of the country--discovered that it really does have a digital divide, and why it matters.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeWine has ordered schools, libraries, senior citizen... read more
Posted on 03/24/20 by Will Petrik in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
As families, communities, and lawmakers in Ohio and Washington grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a central pillar for family security and stability. Child care is also critical to our nation’s economy. Yet,... read more
Posted on 11/27/19 by Caitlin Johnson in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
On Thanksgiving, Americans everywhere gather with friends and family to eat great food, engage in awkward political debate, watch football and express gratitude. Some may be thankful for their families, some for their good health... read more