Saturday Stats: August 13, 2022
Posted August 13, 2022 in eNews
+1: We’ve added a new staff member! Bree Easterling has joined Policy Matters Ohio as our Public Safety Fellow, working with community members, advocates, elected officials, and other key stakeholders to establish a “care response” model in Cleveland. (Learn more about care response in Bree’s recent appearance on News 5 Cleveland!) Easterling grew up in Cleveland and is a disabled Air Force veteran. They previously worked as a Veterans Service Officer and as an Outreach Coordinator for Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission. Easterling has also been active in local social justice initiatives. While working for the ACLU of Ohio, they served as a lead organizer for the Cuyahoga County Action Team's electronic monitoring and bail reform campaigns. Welcome to the team, Bree!
0.3%: That’s the percentage of apprentices in the labor force in Pennsylvania. Apprentices make up more than 1.5% of the labor force in countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the UK, and France, according to a 2019 report from Pennsylvania’s Keystone Research Center. In our latest blog post, intern Teagan Hughes discusses how apprenticeships could transform Appalachia’s workforce. Successful models, like Building Futures in Columbus, already exist. More federal funding could expand programs in the Ohio Valley region and throughout Ohio.
#31: That’s Ohio’s overall rank in this year’s Ohio Kids Count data profile and scorecard, released by Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The numbers make the case for why Ohio is not currently the best state for families. The All In For Ohio Agenda points the way toward an Ohio where every person — no exceptions — can live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life. The All In For Ohio policy pillars focus on solutions for the very issues this data addresses: education, economic dignity, community safety, and healthy communities. Join the movement here, and find them on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @allinforohio.
15%: The new minimum corporate tax rate, set in the just-passed Inflation Reduction Act. That's a big step toward making powerful corporations pay what they truly owe. It's just part of the massive legislation, which passed because people from all corners of the country and of all backgrounds called on policymakers to make communities healthier and more sustainable. As Executive Director Hannah Halbert notes, the IRA has notable flaws, but it brings us closer to a future where we all can lead happy, healthy lives, regardless of our race, gender or where we live.
On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET — ReImagine Appalachia is hosting “Make it in Appalachia Series: Turning Liability into Opportunity,” a webinar discussing coal waste in the region, potential benefits of new technology, key considerations for communities, and more! Register for the event here.