Posted on 06/30/17 by Michael Shields in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Cleveland residents struggle to afford safe and secure housing. A higher minimum wage would help. More than 66,000 families in Cuyahoga County who rent their homes are considered housing insecure. Those who are housing insecure face hardships including high costs as a share of their income, poor home quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, or even homelessness. Across the state, wages for the bottom 60 percent of workers remain below what they were four decades ago, leaving too many families with too little to get by. In Cleveland, where more than a third of city residents live in poverty, the problem is... read more
Posted on 06/29/17 by Kate Sopko in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a Senate health care bill vote until after July 4th recess, amidst widespread backlash against the bill. The criticism is well-earned. This week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO)... read more
Posted on 06/22/17 by Kate Sopko in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
The Senate released a “discussion draft” of its version of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which has been negotiated behind closed doors. As in House bill, millions lose coverage, people with pre-existing conditions lose protections,... read more
Posted on 05/12/17 by Cynthia Connolly in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
When I became a new mother, I had a lot on my mind, but I never imagined that a potential C-section with the birth of my daughters could mean I would end up paying higher... read more
Posted on 05/04/17 by Kate Sopko in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a disastrous health care bill. While it still has to make its way through the Senate, in its current form the bill would have devastating consequences... read more
Posted on 04/27/17 by Kate Sopko in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Update: On April 27, House Republicans decided to delay this vote after the margins were proving too close to guarantee the bill's passage. Keeping pressure on your representatives to is of huge importance moving forward.
In... read more
Posted on 11/17/16 by Hannah Halbert in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Policy Matters Ohio joins workers in testimony to the Joint Committee on Unemployment Compensation Reform.
I’m a coal miner’s daughter. In the boom years, we were lucky enough to take a summer vacation. We’d drive to... read more
Posted on 10/27/16 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
When jobs are widely available, almost everyone goes to work.
Many people who lose their jobs, unfortunately, aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits at all.
Most of those who are eligible for unemployment nonetheless return to work well... read more