Posted March 11, 2023 in eNews
$600M: House Bill 1 — a short-sighted flat tax proposal — would mean $600 million a year in property tax increases for residential and agricultural property owners.
$500M+: House Bill 1 — an ill-conceived flat tax proposal — would reduce the amount of state aid and property taxes received by Ohio’s schools, local governments and libraries by over $500 million a year. (Losses to schools would be partially offset by increased aid through the foundation formula.)
$780M: House Bill 1 — a poorly written flat tax proposal — would fail to pay for $780 million in net losses for the state.
3: In a release this week, Research Director Zach Schiller used the Legislative Service Commission’s fiscal note to identify the above three long-term effects of HB 1, calling them “a trifecta of bad policy.” Sign our petition to say no to HB 1 and flat taxes!
14,600: Ohio employers added 14,600 jobs in January, leaving us just 44,300 jobs short of where we were in February 2020, right before COVID caused massive job losses. That rapid recovery is largely thanks to unprecedented federal stimulus, says Senior Researcher Michael Shields in this week’s JobWatch.
$20/hr: State lawmakers can use the budget to make sure in-home care workers and community care workers are paid at least $20 an hour for their essential work. That’s the kind of budget decision we’re advocating in the People’s Budget — our project with Ohio Organizing Collaborative and All In For Ohio. Register here for the press event promoting its launch, this Monday, 3/13 at 11:00 a.m.
~40: We hosted the first event of our Food For Thought series at Happy Dog in Cleveland, with 40 or so of our closest friends and allies in the fight for a people’s budget. Policy Matters Outreach Director Daniel Ortiz emceed the conversation with Executive Director Hannah Halbert, NOBLE’s Brittney Madison and NOBLE/PB CLE’s Evan O’Reilly. Watch the full video here.
We’re hiring! (and so are our friends!)
Policy Matters Ohio is hiring for two positions: Senior Policy Researcher and Communications Associate. Get the details here.
The Northeast Ohio Worker Center is hiring a Community Outreach Manager.
Friendly Inn is hiring a Part-Time Youth Worker to help facilitate after-school programs. Hours are Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and pay is between $16-$18 per hour. For more information, contact Johnny Robinson Jr.
Calls to action:
The #ProtectChoiceOhio Coalition is leading the way on a ballot initiative to enshrine reproductive freedom and abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution. Click here to get involved. Red Wine & Blue is hosting a variety of events to support the ballot initiative. See their events page for details.