Saturday stats: Perfect 10
Posted July 27, 2019 in eNews
10: You want to know the truth about the economy? Amy Hanauer has 10 of them. They boil down to this: Helping people helps the economy.
27: Just 27 more days until “Which Side Are You On: The Cleveland Work & Wages Conference.” Register today! On August 23 we’re joining the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Neighborhood Connections, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center and the Central Ohio Worker Center to talk about critical challenges faced by working people who earn low wages and how workers’ centers can help. Be there!
1.8 million: That’s how many Ohioans could get a raise if the Senate passes the “Raise the Wage Act” and increases the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2025. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill last week – the first time they voted to increase the minimum wage in more than a decade.
$700 million: That’s how much less revenue Ohio will have over the next two years thanks to ill-advised tax cuts in the recently-passed state budget.
$529,000: Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble donated $529,000 to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Players’ Association to shrink the pay gap with the men’s team. Hannah Halbert thinks that’s great – and would like to see the company throw its weight behind equal pay policies right here in Ohio.
539,000: Since the Great Recession ended 10 years ago, Ohio has added more than 539,000 jobs. Yay! However, in this month’s JobWatch, Hannah notes that Ohio’s job growth trails the nation’s. In the last year, jobs in the Buckeye State grew by 0.5% compared to 1.5% nationally. Boo.
20%: That’s the share of the Ohio workforce that works part-time. This group of workers often has to contend with schedules that change at the last minute. That makes it hard to hold a second job, take classes or even maintain a household budget. Our Intern Bill Vidmar says there’s pending legislation in the General Assembly that could help.
107: There are 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States – including two right here in Ohio. Intern Nya Christian is off to Howard University this fall. She writes that Ohio’s public HBCU, Central State, deserves more state support.
$24 million: According to some estimates, it could cost $24 million to address the flooding that has besieged the city of Barberton in Summit County. Intern Brianna Rummer, a Barberton native, writes that heavy rains have done a number on her city. Ohio policymakers can protect places like Barberton by taking steps to mitigate climate change and shore up our infrastructure.
July 31: Don’t miss Zach Schiller talking about the state budget at 9:30 a.m. at The Laborers Hall, 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH. The program, which ends at 12 p.m., also covers the federal budget and features U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur.