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Rob Moore

Rob Moore

Rob Moore is the principal for Scioto Analysis, a public policy analysis firm based in Columbus. Moore has worked as an analyst in the public and nonprofit sectors and has analyzed diverse issue areas such as economic development, environment, education, and public health. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Denison University.

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The vaccination conversation changes

By: - May 6, 2021

The vaccine conversation is changing, and it’s changing fast.  Just a month ago, people across the state were tapping “refresh” on their browsers, hoping to book their spot at a local pharmacy for an assurance against infection delivered by Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson. Just two weeks ago, I biked down to Grove City […]

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All tax cuts are not created equal

By: - April 29, 2021

At the federal and state level, in governments run by both Republicans and Democrats, policymakers are cutting taxes. The federal American Rescue Plan, passed with no Republican votes, featured one of the largest one-year tax cuts in modern U.S. history. The Ohio House’s Republican-backed state budget bill features a 2% income tax cut across the […]

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The ‘other epidemic’ of opioids rages on

By: - April 7, 2021

Last week, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced $13 million in new grants awarded to community organizations trying to reduce opioid overdoses in the state. That’s right, another epidemic is still raging while we tap the “refresh” buttons on our browsers hoping for our COVID-19 vaccination appointments. According to the most […]

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Recreational cannabis could raise hundreds of millions in new revenue

By: - March 25, 2021

In November of last year, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota all legalized recreational use of cannabis. While reasoning for legalization of recreational cannabis range from racial justice to economic growth, one benefit that has many state legislators interested is tax revenue. Last year, each state that had legalized recreational cannabis raised at least […]

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Ohio’s children will carry the scars of 2020 for decades to come

By: - March 4, 2021

The conversation about in-person schooling has shifted substantially in the past few months. While experts have been emphasizing the importance of in-person learning for young children for nearly a year now, public worries about COVID-19 have kept many children out of the classroom. Only now, with vaccination becoming available for teachers, are many school districts […]

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Salary history bans can impact wage gap

By: - February 25, 2021

Last week, Canal Winchester State Senator Tina Maharath introduced a bill to the Ohio State Senate to prohibit employers from asking about applicants’ salary histories. Applicant salary history has become a flashpoint in conversations about what can be done to close the gender pay gap. The argument is that past salary history can be a […]

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When will Ohio spend its “Rainy Day” savings?

By: - February 5, 2021

In May of 2020, when Ohio had been plunged into recession by the COVID-19 pandemic, state budget analysts were wringing their hands trying to make ends meet in the wake of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Recession. Gov. Mike DeWine released a budget plan that month that cut state spending by $775 million […]

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How do we get more health care workers vaccinated?

By: - January 28, 2021

If someone is working on a construction site, we expect her to wear a helmet. I would venture to say that most Ohioans would not find anything wrong with construction companies requiring their site workers to wear helmets. I think you see where I’m going with this. Hospital employees are not required by the state […]

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The value of Ohio’s state parks

By: - January 6, 2021

This week, the DeWine Administration announced five priorities for 2021. These focuses were fighting COVID-19, police reform, state budget, fiscal responsibility, and state parks. State parks stand out to me as a notable inclusion on this list. While COVID-19 and police brutality have dominated headlines and state budget and fiscal responsibility are unavoidable priorities in […]

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Is $8.80 the right minimum wage for Ohio?

By: - December 31, 2020

As the Ohio Capital Journal reported last week, Ohio’s minimum wage will rise to $8.80 per hour next month. According to the United States Department of Labor, Ohio’s current minimum wage of $8.70 per hour is higher than most of its neighboring states. Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania all have minimum wages pegged to the federal […]

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Municipalities should embrace their waste

By: - December 9, 2020

A couple of years ago, I was at a conference at Ohio State’s Moritz School of Law on harm reduction strategies for the opioid crisis. One of the speakers was Dr. Dan Rosenblum, a health economist from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia who specializes in both development economics and illicit drug markets. At this conference […]

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Is a new stay-at-home order on the docket for Ohio this winter?

By: - November 25, 2020

Last week, Franklin County became the first in the state to receive the highest “purple” designation in the Ohio Department of Health’s public health advisory system, indicating “severe exposure and spread” in the county. When the public health advisory system debuted at the end of June, purple “severe exposure” was designated for counties that met […]