Policy Matters Ohio

COMMENTARY

Ohio’s punitive student debt collection hurting thousands trying to advance their futures. It must end.

BY: - June 11, 2020

My daughter Hannah has been a full-time student at Ohio State University since 2016. She took classes each summer to be able to graduate in four years, and when possible, she would take those in Cincinnati, where we live. Now, because of Ohio’s punitive approach to student debt collection, she may not get the degree […]

COMMENTARY

Employers can save jobs with Shared Work Ohio

BY: - May 28, 2020

A little-known program that’s part of Ohio’s unemployment compensation (UC) system could help keep more workers on the job and allow many employers to bring laid-off employees back to work as they ramp up operations.  It’s called Shared Work Ohio, and it’s an example of how government can tackle problems and support working people and […]

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters?

BY: - May 12, 2020

As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. State budget officers and economists generally agree that cuts to state spending worsened the Great Recession in the years following 2008. Layoffs, […]

COMMENTARY

What’s good for people is good for the economy; Ohio policymakers must help

BY: - April 30, 2020

Our health depends on the health of the people near us, and the people near them. Gov. Mike DeWine’s social distancing orders have saved lives by slowing the spread of COVID-19. Ohioans have pulled through by pulling together. Now we need our statehouse leaders to put people first: Let public health experts, not politics, guide […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio’s coming minimum wage increase still falls far below 1968 state and national peak

BY: - December 5, 2019

Everyone who works full time deserves to make enough money to cover the basics. In Ohio, too many people work hard — sometimes in more than one job — but still live in poverty. Because Ohio voters took action, at least those earning the minimum wage won’t get a pay cut from inflation in 2020.  […]