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Election Implications for Ohio’s Budget

Today, headlines and lead stories in Ohio and across the country are pointing to the federal “fiscal slope,” the drum beat for income tax cuts in Ohio, and how local levies fared.  Pundits on both sides of the aisle always talk about the mandates of elections, but things are rarely so clear cut.  My top impressions from the election, including links to many of the places I’ve looked for analysis and wrap-up: Nationally: A large majority of Americans know that the wealthy and

The Next Big Thing

With presidential debate #2 in the books and November 6th just 19 days away, the state budget is (shockingly!) not on the top of everyone’s mind.  But, it’s going to be moving up the list awfully soon, and we’re getting ready here at One Ohio Now. Governor Kasich’s push for income tax cuts (that greatly benefit the wealthy), the possibility of a new school funding formula (which hopefully would make sure there is adequate funding for all of Ohio’s children), and Medicaid expa

Trillions, Billions, Millions: Westerville – Tuesday, October 2nd

When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:30-8pm Where: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 43081 (Meeting Room B) Who: Speakers will include Jerry Rampelt of Support Ohio Schools, Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio, and Gavin DeVore Leonard of One Ohio Now What: A public conversation about budgets – how federal, state, and local budgets impact you and your community. We’ve got an event in the works in Athens, are supporting work happening in Wooster and a tele-town hall at th

Trillions Billions Millions: Cincinnati, Tuesday September 25th

Our first in a series of public conversations – part info session, part question/conversation – will be taking place in Cincinnati on Tuesday the 25th, here are the details: When: Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30-8pm Where: 1100 Race Street (Elementz in OTR) Who: Speakers will include Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls of Cincinnati City Council, Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio, and Gavin DeVore Leonard of One Ohio Now What: A public conversation about budgets – how federal, state, a

Let’s Follow Oklahoma’s Lead

Oklahoma recently fought off a push for an income tax cut – a bad policy suggestion currently being trumpeted by Governor Kasich here in Ohio.  If you’re a college football fan like me, you’ll especially enjoy the mix of economics and the gridiron: Share it if you liked it! (Hat tip to Zach Schiller at Policy Matters Ohio) #National #statebudget

Head Start for Change

The Executive Director of the Ohio Head Start Association, Barbara Haxton lays out the very serious effects of the federal budget “sequestration” or automatic cuts that will happen at the end of the year if Congress does not act – 4,000 kids dropped from Head Start and Early Head Start and nearly 800 jobs lost.  So what’s this got to do with Ohio’s budget? When cuts come down from the federal level, they effect Ohio’s budget (26% of FY2012 revenues come from federal grants, f

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