Posted on 01/06/17 in Work & Wages
Caught between work and childcare, families with kids under 5 more likely to be poor
Photo from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expectant parents working in Washington DC had an extra reason to celebrate last month. The City Council passed legislation guaranteeing eight weeks of paid time for working parents to care for new baby or adopted child, as well as paid time to recover from illness or care for sick family members. The new benefit is available to all private sector workers in the district and is funded by a small tax on businesses. A growing number of major employers are making... read more
Posted on 12/20/16 by Amy Hanauer in Work & Wages
The amazing new Race Anthology: Dispatches and artifacts from a segregated city features a comic strip, poetry, interviews and essays, including this essay by Policy Matters Executive Director Amy Hanauer. Written before the election and... read more
Posted on 12/14/16 by Amanda Woodrum in Transit
[A slew of Ohio organizations jointly sent a statement to Governor Kasich on Wednesday, December 14, requesting that the Governor address Ohio’s staggering underfunding of mass transit. This blog excerpts most of what they requested... read more
Posted on 12/12/16
Nearly 1 million Ohioans could lose their healthcare if the Affordable Care Act is repealed
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a huge difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Some of the... read more
Posted on 11/18/16 by Michael Shields in Education & Training
Cleveland expands its program and Cincinnati and Dayton approve preschool for all
Communities across Ohio are recognizing the vital need for preschool as an early learning foundation and coming up with innovative solutions to deliver quality... 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
Posted on 10/24/16 by Wendy Patton in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Food aid kept 741,000 Ohio children from being hungry in 2014 – more than a quarter of our babies and toddlers, nearly a third of our elementary school kids and about a fifth of our... read more