Policy Matters Ohio
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|Policy Matters Ohio|
"For a more prosperous, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio"
|Location||Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH|
|Executive Director||Amy Hanauer|
|Affiliations||EARN, Demos, BlueGreen Alliance, Emerald Cities, Economic Policy Institute, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, Community Shares of Greater Cleveland, One Ohio Now, Ohio CASH Coalition|
Policy Matters Ohio is an Ohio-based nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization founded in January 2000. Its research focuses on economic issues facing low- and middle-income workers in Ohio. Through research, advocacy, media work, public events, and forging partnerships, Policy Matters aims to promote fair economic development for all workers. Policy Matters is a member of the Greater Cleveland Community Shares, and was honored as the "Member Organization of the Year" for 2008. The Nation in its blog on Most Valuable Progressives of 2008 called Policy Matters Ohio the "most valuable state or regional group" in the country, praising it as "intellectually rigorous, yet accessible in its approach."
Policy Matters Ohio has received financial support from a number of foundations, organizations and individuals, including the Joyce Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the New World Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Open Society Institute, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, KnowledgeWorks, the Public Welfare Foundation and Greater Cleveland Community Shares. Agency partners include: the Economic Policy Institute, Economic Analysis and Research Institute (EARN), Demos, BlueGreen Alliance, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, the Ohio CASH Coalition, the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, and Community Shares of Greater Cleveland.
Media Coverage and Accomplishments
Policy Matters has established a strong, credible voice with Ohio policymakers and news media, appearing in every major newspaper in the state as well as television, radio, and web reports. The group's research also gets attention from media outlets outside the state, as what happens in Ohio often has implications on a national and regional level. In addition to releasing reports, Policy Matters researchers write op-eds and present findings on panels and at conferences. In 2012, Executive Director Amy Hanauer was featured in the Talk with the Boss feature in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  In November 2011, she was quoted in The Economist about the repeal of SB5, the anti-union legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich earlier that year. Also in 2011, the Ohio Association for Non-profit Organizations honored Policy Matters for innovation and excellence, as did the Mandel Center for Non-profit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. Amy Hanauer and board member Susan Helper were featured on a panel with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, when he visited WK Solar in Perrysburg, Ohio on June 23, 2009.
Policy Matters Ohio has partnered with Demos on "Talking About Government," a project with the goal focusing discussion on the values and purpose of the public sector. An effective public sector and better state policies will help ensure a more successful Ohio.
The organization's influence has also had reach outside of the United States. In 2008, Policy Matters Ohio accused a Chinese factory, Xiamen Topstar Lighting Co., of violating China's labor law and GE's own corporate policies. The "Good Bulbs, Bad Jobs" report erupted a firestorm of intrigue in both American and Chinese media outlets and led to an official investigation by the Chinese government.
Policy Matters Ohio is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute helping to create a more prosperous, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio. Publication issue areas include: Work & Wages, Inequality, Economic Development, Trade, Basic Needs, Credit & Debt, Unemployment Compensation, Privatization, Education & Training, Budget Policy, Tax Policy, Energy Policy, Corrections Policy, and Democracy.
Recent policy reports
Policy Matters has published over 260 reports on economic stimulus, work & wages, collective bargaining, inequality, economic development, trade, basic needs, credit & debt, unemployment compensation, privatization, education & training, tax and budget policy, energy policy, corrections policy, and democracy. These are the most recent reports on these fields, as of July 2011. For the convenience of the reader, they have been divided into four categories. For a full list of reports, visit Policy Matters' Publications page.
|Recovery Act Investment in Ohio's Workforce: Use and Distribution of Workforce Investment Act Awards||This report, third in a three-part series, investigates investment in Ohio’s workforce development system through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).|
|Recovery Act Investment in Ohio's Workforce: Use and Distribution of Department of Labor Recovery Act Awards||This report, second in a three-part series, investigates investment in Ohio’s workforce development system from Department of Labor sources.|
|Recovery Act Investment in Ohio's Workforce: Use and Distribution of Recovery Act Awards||This report, first in a three-part series, presents a broad overview of the Recovery Act and investment in Ohio’s workforce development system from non-Department of Labor sources.|
|Local Jobs for America Act Would Bring Relief to Ohio Communities ||Cities, counties and school districts in Ohio have seen sharp revenue declines over the past two years, according to this report. The Local Jobs for America Act would enable local governments to retain teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers and other local employees, stabilizing the economy and helping to prevent a second downturn.|
|Back to Work: The Case for Public Job Creation in Ohio||In this report, Policy Matters Ohio examines the high costs of lingering unemployment. Labor market conditions in Ohio are reviewed. Public works programs from the past are reviewed. Recommendations for public works jobs are outlined. A sketch of the administrative structure of a public works program is provided.|
|Policy Matters testifies on job tax credits||Policy Matters Ohio congratulates the Ohio Department of Development for proposing to boost wage standards required of companies that receive incentives under the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) and the Job Retention Tax Credit (JRTC) programs. These are among the state’s important economic development incentives. The proposals are part of official rulemaking after the General Assembly expanded the incentives in last year’s budget bill. Following through on a 2009 state study of economic development incentives, the department proposes that minimum average wages paid by firms receiving these credits be raised from at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage to at least 175 percent. As explained in testimony presented by Wendy Patton at a hearing on the rules June 25, 2010, the department has written a loophole into the proposal so broad that it would not apply right now anywhere in the state.|
|The Impact of IMPACT: Creating Jobs in Ohio||This report examines the Investment in Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology Act of 2009 and concludes that IMPACT is the first step on a long road to rebuilding America’s manufacturing muscle.|
|Trade Adjustment Assistance in Ohio 2010 ||This July 2010 report finds that the U.S. Department of Labor certified 20,677 Ohio workers for help last year under TAA, nearly double the average annual number in the three preceding years.|
|Jobs and the Trade Deficit: A Growing Problem ||A table indicating how job loss occurred in every Ohio congressional district.|
|Ohio: A New Kind of Battleground ||Amy Hanauer's article on collective bargaining in The Nation.|
|Testimony on Collective Bargaining to House Committee ||Amy Hanauer testifies to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor.|
|Testimony on Collective Bargaining to Senate Committee ||Amy Hanauer testifies to the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee.|
|EPI Briefing Paper: Are Ohio's Public Employees Over-compensated? ||Rutgers University professor Jeffrey H. Keefe conducted a comprehensive analysis of public and private sector compensation in Ohio. He found that, controlling for education, experience and other factors, state and local public sector employees in Ohio are paid several percentage points less than their private sector counterparts.|
|Press Briefing on Unions, Working Families, Public Employees and Public Budgets ||This report details the benefits of collective bargaining to workers and the economy, and conversely, the dangers of removing collective bargaining.|
|Public and Private Sector Compensation: A Brief Comparison ||Public sector compensation lower than that of comparable private sector workers, this study shows.|
Education and Correction
|Budget Brief: Slash, Seize and Privatize (K-12 education) ||The education budget that was passed by the House and the Senate imposes the harshest cuts on education.|
|Testimony on HB 153 (the budget and its impact on public education) to the Senate Finance Committee ||Testimony of Piet van Lier to Senate Finance Committee.|
|Budget Brief - Higher Education ||Higher Education in Ohio's new budget- Ohio needs a more balanced approach that relies on new revenues and fewer spending cuts.|
|Budget Brief - K-12 Education||Rather than depending on unproven reforms and relying on cuts to balance the budget, the governor and Ohio legislature should work to strengthen to public system that educates 90 percent of Ohio’s children.|
|Toledo charter school re-opening skirts Ohio law ||This release documents how the Leona Group, a Phoenix-based, for-profit management firm, skirted Ohio law by opening a new school to replace one closed by the state.|
|Authorized Abuse: Sponsors, Management and Ohio Charter School Law ||National Association of Charter School Authorizers, to see whether the 150 or so Ohio charter schools that are run by management organizations are conforming to these basic criteria, and finds violations.|
|Testimony of Piet van Lier on for-profit charter school operators ||Piet van Lier testifies that for-profit charter schools are a poor choice for Ohio.|
|Public Good vs. Private Profit: Imagine Schools, Inc. in Ohio ||This report highlights the need to eliminate for-profit companies from the education picture in Ohio.|
|Building Ohio's Future Middle Class ||This report from Policy Matters Ohio and Demos documents how weakening policies and structural changes are making things harder for today's young individuals and families.|
|Cells for Sale: Understanding Prison Costs & Savings ||This April 2011 report, written by journalist Bob Paynter for Policy Matters Ohio, finds that cost calculations performed over a number of years by the state have not reliably demonstrated the savings required under the law.|
Tax policy and Privatization
|Home Insecurity: Foreclosure Growth in Ohio 2011||This report analyzes foreclosure filing trends in Ohio and makes recommendations to reduce the foreclosure filing rate and to mitigate other effects of the foreclosure crisis.|
|Foreclosure Filings in Ohio 1995-2009||Foreclosure filings in Ohio by county.|
|Home Insecurity: Foreclosure Growth in Ohio 2010 ||This report analyzes the new foreclosure filings statistics in Ohio along with some of the latest trends in foreclosure prevention efforts.|
|Who Takes Credit?: The Earned Income Tax Credit in Cuyahoga County, 2009 ||A report on the EITC in Cuyahoga County.|
|Workforce Training in the 2012-2013 Ohio Budget ||This report details funding to workforce programs housed in the Department of Development, Board of Regents, and the Department of Jobs and Family Services.|
|No Review for Ohio Tax Breaks (June 28) ||$7 Billion in Annual Tax Breaks Will Continue Without Review
New Tax Break Rushed Through, Worth Up to $100 Million Per Biennium
|New Tax Expenditures Considered by the Conference Committee ||Elected leaders who tout the virtue of spending cuts are spending on the other side of
the ledger: in the tax code.
|Down to the Wire: Statement on budget in conference committee ||Slash, seize and sell budget being finalized in conference committee.|
|June 15 Tax Expenditure Statement ||The Ohio Senate has taken a long-needed step in approving the creation of a committee to review
state tax breaks on a regular basis and examine new tax-break proposals before bills are passed containing them.
|June 7 statement on 2012-13 Budget Bill ||The Senate’s changes to the House budget plan are as minor in size as the changes
made by the House to the Executive budget.
|Why the Estate Tax is Good for Ohio ||As the Ohio General Assembly prepares to repeal the estate tax in June 2011 – a move that would slash needed revenue and increase inequality in our state – this report details the reasons to keep this smart, progressive tax.|
|Budget Brief - May 2 update on house changes to governor's budget ||The amended substitute House Bill 153, Ohio’s biennial budget proposal for fiscal years 2012
and 2013, emerged at the Ohio House of Representatives Finance and Appropriations Committee Thursday afternoon with small changes in programmatic funding, but no change in an approach that only looks at spending cuts and ignores the revenue side of the ledger.
|Testimony on Ohio House changes to SFY 2012-13 proposed budget ||Wendy Patton testifies on House Bill 153 and the numerous and drastic cuts that it makes to
education, local governments and a wide range of public services.
|Decline of Corporate Income Taxes in the United States and Ohio ||The share of revenues supporting education, infrastructure, health and well being of America’s
civic society has been supported more by individuals and families and less by corporations over time.
|$7 Billion in Ohio Tax Breaks, and Nobody's Watching ||Ohio’s tax expenditure report shows exemptions and credits will amount to more than $7 billion in foregone revenue to the state’s General Revenue Fund.|
Energy and Economic Sustainability
|Who pays for Shabby Benefits? Public helps Ohio Bob Evans workers meet basic needs||Policy Matters finds that state and federal government pick up the slack when private companies don't provide workers enough to adequately take care of themselves and their families.|
|Who Takes Credit? The EITC and free tax preparation in Cuyahoga County||The report details successful marketing strategies such as radio advertisements and having a universal, three-digit phone referral number for clients. The report also discusses integrating financial services and asset building for clients.|
|Working families across the state could use an EITC||A refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit would help low-income working families all over Ohio to make ends meet. Contains links to maps of Senate and House districts for EITC profiles.|
|Less than one year left until Ohio loses $176 million for unemployment compensation||Ohio now has less than one year to take steps to modernize its unemployment compensation, or it will
forfeit $176.3 million in federal funds.
|Without Congressional action, nearly 100,000 Ohioans will lose jobless benefits in June||The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services has estimated that close to 100,000 Ohioans will run out of
benefits this month if there is no extension, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has made a similar estimate
|Unemployment Tax Rate Cut: Fund Is Broke||Ohio's unemployment compensation trust fund is broke and owes more than $2 billion to the federal government. Ohio needs to eliminate such automatic tax cuts and take other steps to reverse the chronic underfinancing that helped cause the fund to go broke.|
|Worksharing: A tool to avoid layoffs in Ohio ||Seventeen states are using a creative approach to helping employers and workers weather bad times. These programs, which allow the payment of unemployment benefits to workers at employers that shorten workweeks instead of laying off staff, can benefit Ohio workers and the companies that employ them in several ways.|
|Legislative Briefing on Unemployment Compensation ||In an April 2010 event co-sponsored by the Ohio Workforce Coalition, Policy Matters Ohio held a legislative briefing on unemployment compensation.|
|Ohioans spend billions to import gasoline ||Ohioans spent $11.7 billion on motor gasoline in 2009, ranks 6th in nation, according to new EIA data.|
|Building Green Pathways out of Poverty ||This report documents Ohio’s progress and makes recommendations for building on these policies and programs to ensure continued gains towards achieving the maximum benefits to our communities, our workforce and our environment.|
|Apollo Alliance: Make It In America ||The Apollo Alliance releases its blueprint for transportation based job creation. In their new report: Make it in America: The Apollo Clean Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan (TMAP), they call for leveraging transportation investments to create a globally competitive transit and clean vehicle manufacturing sector and create hundreds of thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs.|
|Energy Standards at Work: Ohio Senate Bill 221 Creates a Cleaner Economy ||This report assesses SB 221’s effects on economic growth, emissions reductions, energy independence and energy savings, and finds that as long as utilities are reaching annual benchmarks, Ohio will see jobs created, less pollution and, in the long run, money saved.|
|Provisions to ensure advanced energy jobs grow at home: Rebates, border adjustment and domestic content ||This report concludes that concerns associated with output-based rebates, border adjustments and domestic content provisions are overstated, particularly with regard to domestic content, where technical solutions like a unified web page and improved waiver protocol could provide an inexpensive means to support domestic manufacturing.|
- Pakulski, Gary: "Biden lauds Toledo solar work", Toledo Blade, 24 June 2009.