Saturday stats: We're on the people's side
Posted August 24, 2019 in eNews
100+ people gathered in Cleveland for our “Which Side Are You On: Cleveland Work and Wages Conference” yesterday. All work has dignity and all working people deserve to be paid fully and fairly for the hours they put in. It was great to be in a room with so many people who want to make that a reality for all the working people of Ohio.
PS: stay tuned for our annual State of Working Ohio report that comes out Labor Day.
1 in 12 Ohio children have asthma. Degraded air quality is one of the ways climate change harms kids’ health. In a new report with the Ohio Environmental Council, Amanda Woodrum and Ben Stein outlined the ways climate change makes kids sick, from more instances of infectious diseases to toxic algal blooms. Policymakers can take steps to protect our kids by supporting clean energy, taking steps to protect our lakes and rivers, investing in public transit and more.
43%: That’s how many newspaper journalists Ohio lost between 2012 and 2018 – according to Caitlin Johnson’s letter that ran in the New York Times this week.
500,000: That’s how many school-aged children are living in poverty in Ohio. Hannah Halbert talked to Spectrum News 1 about what policymakers can do to give families a chance at a better life – starting with making sure everyone who works earns enough to get by.
41 counties and eight cities in Ohio are eligible to be waived from time limits that prevent hungry people from receiving federal food aid. All Governor DeWine needs to do is apply. Will Petrik describes how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Ohioans’ health and the Ohio economy. It can do even more if we ensure that all eligible people actually get it.
$5,600 is the average price of a dining plan at a private university, compared to $4,400 at a public campus. Both can be a lot for students to swallow, especially if they are struggling to afford the basics. Our former intern Katie Burns says colleges should take steps to make sure students can focus on school, not on how to afford their next meal.
$25 million: if policymakers created a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in Ohio, the state would collect $25 million more in tax revenue, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
September 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Kalitha William will host a webinar on the State of the Ohio Earned Income Tax Credit. The webinar, featuring State Representative Skindell, will focus on the successes and challenges. It also includes an update from Chat Bolt, Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on the effort to expand the federal EITC and child tax credit. Don’t miss it!