Policy Matters takes deep dive into 2022-23 state budget so you don’t have to
Posted November 16, 2021 in Press Releases
New tool helps advocates, reporters and everyday Ohioans track budget items they care about
The 2022-23 state budget signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in July contains thousands of pages that will direct how Ohio lawmakers will spend the state’s public resources over the next two years. Each year, after the process is over, Policy Matters Ohio analyzes the state budget and determines whether it expands opportunity and prosperity for all Ohioans, or whether it furthers racial, gender and income inequality.
This year, Policy Matters is releasing a guide which analyzes and provides context for the organization’s key priorities in the budget including tax policy, education, child care and health care. Policy Matters also created a user-friendly tool that allows people to easily search and sort budget areas and click for more information.
“This year, Ohioans of all walks of life came together to call for a ‘People’s Budget’ that would put our state on a path toward an inclusive and vibrant recovery,” said Policy Matters Senior Project Director Wendy Patton. “Together we helped more kids, no matter where they live or what they look like, get a world-class public education; new moms get health coverage for a year after giving birth; and more parents work knowing they can afford child care.
“But once again, Gov. DeWine and many legislators chose to send more of our public funds to the wealthy few and corporations with tax cuts and special interest tax breaks. These decisions drain our communities of resources for clean water, safe workplaces, good schools and much more.
“We hope our budget wrap up provides Ohioans with a resource to understand the state budget so we can all work together to make the next one better reflect our values.”