Posted August 05, 2023 in eNews
Numeric news from Policy Matters
4: Number of days (as of this writing) remaining for Ohioans to defeat Issue 1 by voting NO on (or before) the Aug. 8th election. Some voters' polling places have changed, so double-check where you will go to vote. Finally, check out the Ohio Voter Guide for more details about Issue 1.
2: Calls made by Jadarrius Rose to 911 saying he feared for his life during a traffic stop that ended with him being attacked by a police dog with his hands in the air. Dogs have been used to terrorize Black and Indigenous Americans since the 16th century and have played a key role in the development of the carceral state. For more about this history, as well as how we can move forward, read our latest blog by Bree Easterling.
$8.06 billion: Amount appropriated for Ohio schools in next year’s budget (plus another $8.28B the following year), thanks to advocates of the Fair School Funding Plan. It’s a bright spot in a state budget that could have been a lot better — or worse. We created a handy scorecard to understand how the final budget shapes up. Spoiler alert: There’s lots of work to do…
3.4%: Ohio’s unemployment rate in June, the third record low in as many months. Add that to the fact that inflation slowed a full point to 3.0% and you have another upbeat JobWatch from Policy Matters economist, Michael Shields. Each month we send Mike’s rundown of statewide jobs numbers to members of the press — and now you can get it delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here to receive JobWatch directly.
33,000: Number of workers in the Dayton metro area who work in fast food, retail or cashier jobs where the median pay is between about $11.45 and $13.70 per hour. Dayton Daily News cited Policy Matters Ohio’s analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data to highlight how three of the four most common jobs in the region pay so little at the median that workers qualify for and likely rely on food aid for a family of three.
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