Posted on 03/03/16 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
Prices at the pump have plummeted and some oil- and gas-producing regions are seeing their economies slow, but Ohio’s Utica region saw growing production in 2015. Fiscal problems of other areas show that Ohio should establish an adequate severance tax, to pay for the costs of rapid industrial development in Ohio’s rural, drilling communities, and to cushion the bust that follows a boom.
Natural gas production in Ohio rose by 200 percent in fiscal year 2015 compared to the prior year, and oil production by 130 percent (Figure 1).
The slump in fossil fuel prices will not last forever. The Energy Information... read more
Posted on 02/24/16 in Economic Development
State and local investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure has fallen to a 30-year low. Reversing this decline is key to creating good jobs and promoting full... read more
Posted on 02/16/16 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
In a blog posted last week on the National Employment Law Project’s website, my colleague Claire McKenna and I featured the latest data regarding recipiency rates, which measure the share of jobless workers receiving unemployment... read more
Posted on 02/11/16 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
Growing use of temporary workers has benefitted corporations at the expense of workers, who often earn low wages and have no benefits or job security. Yet instead of trying to help workers get ahead, Ohio... read more
Posted on 02/05/16 by Harlan Spector in Revenue & Budget
Early childhood education helps kids thrive in school, helps parents work, and employs teachers in our still-slow economy. Yet preschool and childcare funding in Ohio seem perpetually stuck in second class.
Children of low-income families here... read more
Posted on 01/14/16
Policy Matters Ohio seeks a dynamic, outgoing, passionate, dedicated Outreach Coordinator to unite workers, students, young people, parents, and activists. Our goal is to unite the community behind policies that create an economy that works... read more
Posted on 01/12/16 by Zach Schiller in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Zach Schiller and Hannah Halbert testify to the House Insurance Committee on House Bill 394.
Good morning, Chairman Hackett, Ranking Member Bishoff and members of the committee. My name is Zach Schiller and I am research... read more
Posted on 12/23/15 by Wendy Patton in Education & Training
Ohio is underinvesting in higher education. We’re behind where we were during the recession, adjusting for inflation. We have not put enough into classroom instruction and operations. We spend $309 million less in this budget... read more