Wendy Patton

Wendy Patton

Wendy Patton is the team leader for the fiscal project of the State Priorities Partnership, which is affiliated with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Prior to joining Policy Matters Ohio in 2009, Wendy served as an executive assistant for economic development for Governor Ted Strickland, as a deputy director of business development for the Ohio Department of Development, as a vice president for the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation and as a program coordinator for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center. She worked with AFSCME international as an economic policy analyst, serving 13 states in tax and budget policy and forecasting revenues for collective bargaining. She has written about public finance, regional development, workforce training, steel and automobile supply chain configuration. Wendy has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.


Congress must act quickly to help most vulnerable, lay ground for recovery

By: - February 26, 2021

We live in a nation of plenty: Stocks on Wall Street keep rising in value and Americans produced $20 trillion in goods last year. But many working Ohioans and families in our state aren’t sharing in the abundance, and haven’t been for a long, long time. Ohio’s job growth was 0.5% in 2019, about a […]


Latest COVID-19 package contains necessary relief, but Congress must do more

By: - January 12, 2021

When Congress finally passed a pandemic relief bill, it made a down payment on recovery. As overdue as it is, the package provides badly needed, short-term aid as the COVID-19 virus surges and the recession lingers. In coming months, Congress must do much more. At first, federal lawmakers responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic, pumping $2.7 […]


Ohioans can’t afford to lose the Affordable Care Act

By: - October 13, 2020

From the counselor who provides a lifeline to isolated patients struggling with substance use disorder, to the nurse who holds the phone for their COVID-19 patient while they say goodbye to loved ones, Ohio’s health care workers are Ohioans demonstrating great acts of selflessness and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), […]


More federal help is critical in building a bridge to economic recovery

By: - September 25, 2020

Many Ohioans have responded with great compassion during the pandemic and recession — donating to the local food bank, helping sick neighbors run errands and showing up to their essential frontline jobs, despite the risk. Our individual efforts — as heroic as they may have been — are not big enough to build a bridge to […]


Some ideas for Gov. DeWine on how to help struggling Ohioans

By: - September 4, 2020

In his Aug. 25 news conference Gov. Mike DeWine outlined some good work the state is initiating to expand COVID-19 testing in underserved communities — presumably including neighborhoods of Black and Latinx Ohioans and people with low incomes. He indicated he’s open to ideas about how to help all Ohioans — no matter where they […]