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March 31, 2020

Voices of COVID-19: A letter from the inside

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.


March 31, 2020

Lawmakers should review, reduce some tax breaks before the sirens start

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.


March 27, 2020

Increase funding for free tax preparation to support low-income families during the COVID-19 crisis

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. 


March 26, 2020

Ohio jobless claims hit record highs amid coronavirus crisis

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.


March 25, 2020

Federal, state COVID-19 bills offer support, but more is needed

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.


March 24, 2020

Medicaid's dual role: Health care and fiscal stimulus

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.


March 24, 2020

Federal COVID-19 response must include support for child care

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.


March 23, 2020

With revenue about to plunge, Cleveland Council should delay vote on Sherwin-Williams incentive package

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.


March 19, 2020

Governor, judges must include incarcerated Ohioans in COVID-19 response

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. 


March 18, 2020

COVID-19: The federal response and Ohio

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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