Posted on 11/27/19 by Caitlin Johnson (she/her) 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 and some for their jobs. The truth is, public policies are behind many things we’re grateful for. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Sentencing reform could rebuild families and communities:
More Ohio families could spend Thanksgivings together if state lawmakers pass Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 1. SB 3 would reclassify certain low-level drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, which would send fewer people to... read more
Posted on 11/26/19 by Kalitha Williams in Economic Development
Last month, I served as a panelist for a local public affairs television program. I was invited to talk about “Race in the Heartland,” a report our organization co-released with Economic Policy Institute, COWS of... read more
Posted on 11/11/19 by Caitlin Johnson (she/her) in Justice Reform
I live in the tiny, picturesque village of Bratenahl. Besides Lake Erie to its north, Bratenahl is completely surrounded by the city of Cleveland. The community is perhaps best known for its sprawling lakefront estates... read more
Posted on 11/05/19 by Amy Hanauer in Revenue & Budget
After 20 amazing years starting, building and running Policy Matters Ohio, it’s time for me to make way for new leaders to take this phenomenal think tank forward.
Policy Matters is here to stay. We... read more
Posted on 10/31/19 by Caitlin Johnson (she/her) in Democracy & Government
It’s Halloween, the spookiest day of the year. At Policy Matters, we’re less afraid of things that go bump in the night than we are about some of the policies our state lawmakers want to... read more
Posted on 10/25/19 by Intern Writer in Smart Transportation
By Joseph Glandorf
Ohio’s state policymakers need to start taking public transit more seriously.
This April, a study commissioned by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which manages Ohio’s only urban rail network, determined that the system... read more
Posted on 10/15/19 by Amy Hanauer in Democracy & Government
Tonight’s debate outside Columbus gives the candidates a chance to focus on the challenges and assets of this state. This will provide insights that could improve lives everywhere.
It’s tough for strapped moderators to choose among... read more
Posted on 09/30/19 by Piet van Lier (he/him) in Justice Reform
Jade and Tiffany are two Ohio women serving time in prison for drug possession and struggling with addiction. Their stories show why Ohio’s punitive approach to drug possession and addiction is not working.
Ohio spends more... read more