Saturday Stats: July 2, 2022
Posted July 02, 2022 in eNews
6 weeks: After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe last week, Ohioans won’t be able to get an abortion after about six weeks gestation, before many people even know they’re pregnant. Some lawmakers are essentially trying to eliminate abortion altogether. Hannah Halbert said the decision, which rejected 50 years of precedent, takes away rights from millions of Ohioans and further strains those already struggling to make ends meet.
1: We only have one planet, and another bad decision from the Supreme Court means it’s going to be a lot harder to take care of it. Amanda Woodrum expressed our displeasure about the West Virginia v. EPA ruling. Now we must work even harder to get a national climate infrastructure bill passed.
8.6%: That’s the rate of inflation – the highest it has been in more than 40 years. Our Michael Shields stood his own on a Dayton Daily News panel on inflation stacked with very different perspectives. He explained the role of corporate greed – among other things – in driving up prices. Watch the whole thing here or check out the highlight reel!
$11.17 per hour: In Ohio, the average child care worker is paid $11.17 per hour. Because of the low wages, many child care employees are leaving the industry permanently. That’s bad news for working families who count on child care. That is why Franklin County partnered with the city of Columbus and Action for Children to launch Franklin County RISE. The program offers much-needed relief so more families can afford high-quality child care, and more child care workers are treated with the decency and respect all working people deserve. Read more about it in Will Petrik's joint op-ed with Franklin County Commissioner Erica Crawley.
$9 billion: That is how much lawmakers will take from Ohio’s communities if they pass a bill that nearly repeals all of the state income tax, Zach Schiller explains in the Dayton Daily News. That's about a quarter of all state revenues, more than the state spends to support K-12 education and more than three times what we spend on higher education. Instead, policymakers should be asking those who can afford it most – the wealthiest Ohioans – to pay what they truly owe. That way, we can fund our schools, reduce college tuition, make child care more affordable and expand broadband across the state. Caitlin Johnson and Hannah Halbert both authored op-eds that showed the beautiful future we could create together when those who do well in Ohio do right by Ohio.
20 cents: Only 20 cents out of every $100 in philanthropic grantmaking goes to AAPI organizations, according to @aapip. That's one good reason to donate to @teamOPAWL. Check out the latest in our partner spotlight series, "Doing the Work," for a slew of other reasons, including immigration justice initiatives and BIPOC history curricula in schools. Help OPAWL continue its critical work. Donate today.
1: The one and only Hannah Halbert covered a lot of territory when she spoke at the City Club of Cleveland’s “What’s Next in State Policy” forum. If you didn’t get to watch, check it out here!
Learn about how to support Amtrak's plan to expand passenger rail in Ohio at All Aboard Ohio's annual meeting on Saturday, July 9th 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register here.
On Friday, July 8 at 11:30 a.m. we’re co-sponsoring the City Club Forum: With Liberty and Justice For All: Examining Black Freedom in America Today featuring Executive Director of the NAACP Cleveland, Crystal Bryant.