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For a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio

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    Despite declines, manufacturing accounts for 1 in 8 Ohio jobs Contact Michael Shields 216.361.9801 Full report Download press release Despite comprising a shrinking share of Ohio’s economy, the manufacturing sector still remains vital to the economy and labor market. Ohio should enact policies to strengthen manufacturing and ensure that it continues to be a source of quality jobs going forward. (read more)

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    Ohio jobs grew last month, but progress for year was slight Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Download JobWatch Job data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) brought good news in terms of monthly job growth (+10,300 in December), but there’s little else to crow about. Over the last year, Ohio added just 41,800 jobs. That’s (read more)

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    Report shows tax cuts for wealthiest undermine crucial programs Contact Wendy Patton 614.221.4505 Full report Download press release By increasing investments in common sense public services in the 2018-19 state budget, Ohio could train more workers for jobs of the future, better educate our children, stem the rising tide of addiction and help more Ohioans get a ride to work (read more)

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  • 01/27/17--07:51: Ohio’s EITC needs reform
  • Report shows credit could do more to keep working families out of poverty Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Full report Executive Summary Download press release Most states with an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) use it to put money back in working people’s pockets and balance the state tax code. But according to a new report released today by Policy Matters (read more)

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    Last week President Trump took office. Next week the state budget process begins. Here at Policy Matters, we’re ready to defend policies that lift people out of poverty, invest in children, put people back to work and make sure we’re all healthy. That is to say: we’re busy! Keep Ohio healthy: Earlier this month we released an analysis of the (read more)

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    Governor Kasich’s proposed budget shortchanges key programs Zach Schiller, 216.361.9817 Download press release In his proposed budget released today, Governor John Kasich calls for tiny increases in spending on key programs, such as K-12 education, when more investment is needed. At the same time, he once again calls for a major reduction in income taxes, paid for mostly with (read more)

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    New report shows governor’s plan makes inequality worse Zach Schiller, 216.361.9801 Full report Download press release Governor John Kasich’s new tax proposal will make Ohio’s growing income inequality worse and still doesn’t raise enough revenue to fund crucial programs. New analysis for Policy Matters Ohio by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a national nonprofit research institute with (read more)

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    Policy Matters calls for state to increase investment Contact Wendy Patton 614.221.4505 Full testimony Download press release Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget fails to meet Ohio’s growing needs for public transportation and further stresses already strained local transit agencies. In testimony before the House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation today, Policy Matters Ohio Senior Project Director Wendy Patton called for the (read more)

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    Stop the shift: The first thing we noticed about the governor’s budget is that it calls for big cuts to the income tax while increasing the sales tax. With some tiny exceptions, the budget underinvests in almost every important public need. With help from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, we point out that the governor’s plan will have (read more)

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    Many Columbus workers are vulnerable to unfair labor practices Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Download press statement Policy Matters researcher Hannah Halbert speaks at a press conference on February 15, 2017 Today, a group of local worker and community advocates held a press conference voicing opposition to President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder. Policy Matters Ohio researcher Hannah Halbert (read more)

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    Vetting needed, but new nominee appears friendlier to workers Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Download press statement After the failed nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor, the Trump administration put forward Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University College of Law and former assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush. Policy Matters (read more)

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    Ohio underfunds public transit and now faces a looming revenue cliff Contact Wendy Patton 614.221.4505 Download press statement Governor John Kasich fails to address two major problems for Ohio’s public transit agencies in his 2018-2019 budget: he doesn’t correct Ohio’s long-term underfunding of transit and doesn’t find a long-term solution to the loss of millions of dollars in sales tax (read more)

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    Kansas legislators have a lesson: Deduction for business income is a loser Zach Schiller, 216.361.9801 Download budget bite Download press release The Ohio General Assembly should take a lesson from Kansas legislators:  It’s time to scrap a big tax break for business income that is draining hundreds of millions of dollars a year that’s badly needed for education and (read more)

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    Budget Bites: Last week we launched Budget Bites to feed your appetite for smart policy. These short pieces compare Governor Kasich’s proposed 2018-2019 budget to what Ohio actually needs to thrive. Our first piece finds that the state starves local transit agencies who now face even bigger losses due to narrowing of the state sales tax base. The second (read more)

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    Senate Bill 24 loosens regulations on installments loans and increases fees Contact: Kalitha Williams, 614.221.4505 Download press release Download testimony   Backed by a large international bank, legislation is moving through the Ohio Senate that would dramatically reduce regulation of installment loans – the newest iteration of payday lending. Senate Bill 24 not only allows installment loan lenders to (read more)

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    Higher education unaffordable for many Ohio students Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Affordable College Budget Bite Download press release Today Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education John Carey testifies before the House Finance Subcommittee for Education. Policy Matters Ohio is releasing a “Budget Bite” that examines Governor John Kasich’s plan to invest in student aid. Although he expands eligibility (read more)

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    One in six Ohioans live with food insecurity Contact Wendy Patton 614.221.4505 Download Budget Bite Download press statement  Today Policy Matters Ohio releases our latest “Budget Bite,” which examines funding for Ohio’s hunger relief programs in the proposed 2018-2019 executive budget. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ research finds $30 million is needed to meet our needs for food aid. The (read more)

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    2017 also began on a down note with job losses Contact Hannah Halbert 614.397.6080 Download JobWatch Revised jobs data released today confirmed that 2016 was the worst year for job growth in Ohio since the end of the recession in 2009. In 2016 Ohio gained less than 50,000 jobs, making our job growth rate 0.9 percent for the year. The (read more)

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    Proposal strips local control and may reduce revenue for some Zach Schiller, 216.361.9801 Issue brief Download press release Governor John Kasich has proposed having the state take over collection of the municipal income tax on business profits. But the move raises a host of concerns, including the loss of local control over a revenue source that accounts for more (read more)

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    New Policy Matters Budget Bite calls for $180 million more a year Contact: Victoria Jackson, 216.502.7172 Download Budget Bite Download press release With the rising cost of college, Governor Kasich’s 2018-2019 budget calls for a tuition freeze on Ohio’s public universities. But according to a new “Budget Bite” from Policy Matters Ohio, a tuition freeze won’t address (read more)

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