Posted on 10/05/16 by Wendy Patton in Democracy & Government
Senate Bill 329, which would give legislative committees the power to eliminate whole agencies in the executive branch, streaked through the Senate in two days. It is a blitzkrieg attack on public services. It would establish a “sunset” process that would abolish state agencies in the governor’s cabinet. Departments or agencies on the list would shut down unless the legislature authorizes continued operations.
No one would seriously suggest that we shut down all our universities, prisons and nursing homes, lay off all our state highway patrol officers and end all projects to keep up our roads and bridges. If these things... read more
Posted on 09/30/16 by Amy Hanauer
Policy Matters’ Amy Hanauer pays tribute to social justice champion Alvin Schorr.
Photo courtesy of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
I recently had a chance to remember one of our founding... read more
Posted on 09/01/16
Update November 16, 2016: This blog post discusses the state’s plan to eliminate layering of early learning and childcare funding streams effective September 6, 2016. That decision was delayed, but the state plans to move... read more
Posted on 08/31/16 in Education & Training
Drug company ads are required to include a long list of possible side effects. Investment firm advertising includes disclaimers warning investors of risks.
Many products and services are required to provide information to help consumers make... read more
Posted on 08/05/16 by Zach Schiller in Revenue & Budget
Ohio’s budget office recently released new estimates of how much revenue the state will take in this fiscal year and they were down. One cause: A set of new tax breaks approved by the General... read more
Posted on 07/27/16 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Ohio is a state where too many people are hungry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio has the seventh-highest rate of food insecurity in the country, with almost 17 percent of Ohioans classified... read more
Posted on 07/26/16
When employees face assaults on their rights at work, they can count on Policy Matters Ohio. When young parents need help affording childcare so they can keep a job, they rely on Policy Matters. When... read more
Posted on 07/21/16 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is asking the federal government for permission to change Ohio’s Medicaid program in ways that will make it far less effective. Medicaid provides health care to those who can’t afford... read more