Spooky Saturday Stats
Posted November 02, 2019 in eNews
7: From Medicaid work requirements to Stand Your Ground, Caitlin Johnson highlighted seven of the super scary policies some Ohio lawmakers actually want to pass. All of these ideas should be buried in the grave.
2nd: Indiana became the second state in recent weeks – after Arizona – to stop implementation of work requirements for people who use Medicaid. Thousands of people in Arkansas lost coverage because of a similar plan. Ohio’s work requirement plan is supposed to go into effect in 2021. Ohio should follow Indiana and Arizona and scrap it.
$15: A lot of great ideas came out of the Cleveland Rising Summit, including a call for a statewide $15/hour minimum wage. Share your thoughts about raising the wage with this survey. Amy Hanauer described her small group’s vision for Cleveland in 2030.
630: The Fresh Start Act, House Bill 263, takes aim at 630 administrative rules that limit job opportunities for people with past convictions. Michael Shields submitted testimony in favor of the bill and urged lawmakers to make it even stronger.
$50 million: If a development project is estimated to exceed $50 million in costs, it would be eligible for a new tax credit under Senate Bill 39. If final costs fall short of the mark, the developer could still get the tax credit, although the amount may be reduced on a pro-rata basis. Moreover, there is no cap for cost overruns. If actual development costs exceed estimated costs, the value of the credit is increased accordingly. Wendy Patton outlined the bill’s many flaws in recent testimony.
48,000: 48,000 United Autoworkers members ended their strike after reaching an agreement with General Motors last week. The UAW strike pushed GM to finally reform its use of long-term temp workers. Over the course of the contract, these workers will be moved into permanent hire status. GM won’t reopen Lordstown as part of the deal. With the Mahoning Valley facing an uncertain future, Michael Shields says it’s time for state lawmakers to enact policies that help support the working families GM left behind.
28%: Between 2016 and 2018, the number of Ohio kids without health coverage increased by 28%, according to a study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. That’s even worse than the pretty bad national increase of 11%.
$715 million: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) rail network needs an upgrade that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Years of measly state funding have stretched Ohio’s transit systems thin. Intern Joseph Glandorf says it’s time for state lawmakers to give transit what it—and we—deserve.