Posted November 18, 2023 in eNews
Numeric news from Policy Matters
1.4M: Number of Ohio children who live in households that would be eligible for at least a portion of the Thriving Families Tax Credit proposed in HB 290. That’s according to our new report from Tax Policy Researcher Bailey Williams. Bailey dug into data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which also found that eligible families would see their annual tax bills drop by an average of $1,006.
29: Number of states with a “property tax circuit breaker,” a mechanism for ensuring property owners (and in some cases renters) don’t pay an outsized share of their income in property taxes. In a statement this week, Research Director Zach Schiller explains why circuit breakers are the most targeted form of property-tax relief, and why the policymakers considering tax reforms should create one here in Ohio.
34,239: Number of Ohioans removed from the state’s Medicaid roles in August, not because they no longer qualified, but because they failed to respond to the Department of Medicaid’s request for updated information. Because Congress allowed the pandemic-era policy of continuous coverage to end, thousands of Ohioans are being dropped from the coverage they have counted on for years. Budget & Health Researcher Kathryn Poe published this op-ed (originally on Cleveland.com) to explain changes to the policy, and how Ohioans who qualify for Medicaid can ensure they stay enrolled.
600: Net loss of jobs in Ohio’s manufacturing sector last month, according to the latest JobWatch from Policy Matters Economist Michael Shields. That sounds like a bad thing, but as Mike explains, that number accounts for thousands of striking Ohio auto workers who are now returning to work after scoring big wins from the Big Three auto makers. The relatively small net loss signals strength in the manufacturing sector overall — and better conditions for union auto workers are already paying off for non-union shops as well.
8: Number of episodes in Season 1 of What’s Good Ohio?! Policy Matters Communications Associate Sarah Rodenberg & Ohio Voice Co-Director James Hayes close out the season by debriefing the 2023 election. They interview Jordyn Close and Lena Collins from Ohio Women’s Alliance and PB CLE’s Molly Martin. Get the latest on plans for Season 2 by following WGO on Instagram, and revisit every episode here.
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