Will Petrik is the Budget Researcher at Policy Matters Ohio. He believes that all people have the right to safety, security and quality education. As State Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, he helped expand Medicaid in Ohio. Because of this work, over 650,000 people now have access to healthcare coverage. In his role as Budget Researcher, Will works to advance budget and policy solutions that support the well-being of children and families in Ohio.
Let’s make Ohio work for working-class families
By: Will Petrik - May 10, 2023
Every family in Ohio should be able to put food on the table and have a roof over their heads. But today, too many children go to bed hungry and too many working people are underpaid. Over the last two decades, corporate-backed politicians have prioritized tax giveaways to the wealthiest Ohioans over the economic security […]
What’s at stake for families as the monthly child tax credit payment ends?
By: Will Petrik - January 24, 2022
As we start the new year, parents are planning for the future and working hard to provide their kids a great quality of life. They’re facing challenges head on, including a surging pandemic, school closures and at-home schooling, and fewer affordable child care options. No child should go to bed hungry, and no parent should […]
Ohio is still short-changing kids and caregivers
By: Will Petrik - January 25, 2021
All children, no matter their race or where they come from, deserve a safe, stable, supportive home. Today, that’s not the reality for thousands of children in Ohio’s two-tiered foster care system. In violation of federal law, Ohio provides far less financial support to a child in state custody who is placed with a relative […]
Trump Administration’s food stamp rule change will make many Ohioans go hungry
By: Will Petrik - December 11, 2019
No one should have to choose between food, paying their rent or going to the doctor. In Ohio, over 1.69 million people struggle with hunger and uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from. More than half a million of them are children. Last week, the Trump Administration finalized a new rule that will […]