Policy Matters Ohio urged state officials to include incarcerated Ohioans in their response to COVID-19. Not long after that, Researcher Piet van Lier received a letter from a man being held in a state prison.
State and local governments face soaring needs but dwindling tax collections as the COVID-19 epidemic grinds the economy to a near halt. This year, the state legislature will miss out on $9 billion in state revenue via tax breaks. The committee charged with scrutinizing these expenditures has been sidelined.
Free tax preparation programs help filers who are paid low wages keep more of their refund. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, this service is critical.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported that jobless claims for Ohio soared to 187,789 for the week ending March 21 from 7,042 a week earlier. This is an historic high. These weekly numbers top the monthly filings of all but Ohio’s worst month on record.
The economic contraction we’re experiencing is necessary to fight the pandemic and save lives. We need policy supports to help workers and families stay afloat through the crisis.
When they created Medicaid more than 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson and members of Congress structured the program to grow at times like this, providing health care to people who need it and supporting hospitals and the health care system. At the same time, Medicaid pumps funds into the economy through the paychecks of hospital and health care workers.
As families, communities, and lawmakers in Ohio and Washington grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a central pillar for family security and stability. Child care is also critical to our nation’s economy. Yet, for decades, state and federal policymakers have failed to ensure all parents can get high-quality, affordable child care.
The prospect of an economic downturn makes it unwise for city council to approve the incentives at this time. State policymakers should also think twice about supporting the deal, and in particular subsidizing the move of the company’s research facilities from Warrensville Heights and Cleveland to Brecksville.
The DeWine administration has done little to protect youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio’s prisons, jails, detention centers and halfway houses from the coronavirus outbreak. We recommend immediate state-level action.
The federal government has started to provide resources states will need to protect public health, treat people who are sick and bolster the economy.
Unemployment compensation (UC) is a crucial support to families and communities. With an unknown but possibly large threat to the economy looming in coronavirus, Ohio policymakers should broaden and reinforce UC so that Ohio workers, their families and neighborhoods can sustain themselves through hard times.
Policymakers can protect Ohioans through paid sick days and increased funding for public health
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