Saturday Stats: September 24, 2022
Posted September 23, 2022 in Press Releases
1: We’re looking for one awesome person to join our team as Policy Director! The Policy Director will oversee our research and direct our strategic policy campaigns. We’re a think tank with a heart! Come join our fun bunch of nerds!
37 & 38: Ohio ranked 37th for childhood poverty last year, with 18.2% of all kids living in poverty compared to 16.9% nationwide. For median income, Ohio ranked 38th at $62,262 compared to $69,717 nationally. Meanwhile, another tranche of data showed that nationwide, robust COVID relief programs like the child tax credit helped more kids and families make ends meet. Will Petrik says Ohio is underperforming the nation because unlike federal policymakers, state lawmakers are not devoting more resources to supporting families and building bright futures for all children.
7: During the current legislative term, a group of extreme Ohio lawmakers have introduced seven gag order bills that would discourage or outright prevent teachers from talking about race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. They’ll have to go through Cynthia Peeples and Honesty for Ohio Education first. In a new spotlight blog, Tanisha Pruitt, Ph.D. profiles Honesty for Ohio Education, a coalition of parents, educators, students, and advocates that formed to protect our kids’ freedom to learn.
$2,800: Shady employers steal an average of $2,800 from nearly a quarter of a million Ohioans each year by paying them less than the minimum wage. That’s just one form of wage theft. The Guardians for Fair Work are working with Cleveland City Council to pass an ordinance to protect working people from having their wages stolen. Show your support here!
909 times: That’s how much more the CEO of Kroger, Rodney McMullen, made than the typical employee in 2020, according to last year’s report by Michael Shields. Members of UFCW Local 1059 in Central Ohio say they’re sick of being underpaid and unfairly treated and voted to authorize a strike. Negotiations are ongoing. Caitlin Johnson made a Tiktok about how the UFCW members are part of Central Ohio’s hot labor summer.
12: Daniel Ortiz was one of 12 contributors to the Center for Community Solutions “Dear County Executive” series. He challenged the two candidates vying for Cuyahoga County Executive to build trust with the county’s diverse communities.
Join All in for Ohio Kids for a virtual lunch & learn on school funding and vouchers Thursday Sept 29th at 12 p.m. Register here.
On October 6th at 7 p.m., our partners at NOBLE will cohost a debate between candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive, Chris Ronayne and Lee Weingart. They’ll focus on plans to support county residents with low incomes through health and human service programs. Learn more.