Policy Matters Ohio stats

The latest news from Policy Matters as of Jan. 19, 2019:
2,000: More than 2,000 women state legislators were swept into power as a result of the 2018 midterm elections. And at every level of government there are now more black, Muslim, Latinx, Native American and LGBTQ officials than ever before.

PUCO reminds Ohioans of their choices as energy consumers

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 17, 2019) – For more than 100 years, energy in Ohio — electricity and natural gas — has been regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The PUCO wants to remind Ohio consumers that there are options when deciding about the energy supply that best suits your home or business.

Brown: Trump Proposal Threatens Due Process In Social Security Appeals

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 1 – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), joined top Democrats responsible for Social Security policy in the House and Senate in calling on the Social Security Administration to withdraw a proposed Trump administration rule that would limit the right of Americans to receive an in-person appeals hearing if their initial application for Social Security benefits is denied.

State funding for antipoverty programs falls as need grows

Jan. 16 - In 2017, 14.9 percent of the state’s residents lived in poverty – up from 13.3 percent in 2006. Despite this high poverty, a new report from Policy Matters Ohio shows that state policymakers have allowed support for some of the most crucial antipoverty programs to atrophy.

President Signs Brown, Portman Bill To Help Ohio Communities Support Jobs, Clean Up Lakes And Rivers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 15 – This week, the President signed U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman’s (R-OH) bipartisan Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act into law that would provide local communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for updates to sewer systems. The Senate passed the final version of the bill in December.

Joyce Joins Resolution to Condemn Hate, Intolerance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 - Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) joined Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) on a resolution to censure Congressman Steve King (IA-05) for remarks made about white supremacy and white nationalism.

Ohioans Pay Among Lowest in Nation for Insurance

COLUMBUS, Jan. 10 — A national study revealed that Ohioans pay among the lowest average premiums in the nation for auto and homeowners insurance, Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced.

Rogers’ Bipartisan Underage Marriage Reform Bill Signed by Governor

COLUMBUS, Jan. 8 — State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the governor’s signing of House Bill 511, which adjusts the underage marriage laws in Ohio. The bipartisan bill unanimously passed the Ohio House in June 2018 and the Senate in December.

Higgins joins Ohio Farm Bureau staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) Jan. 8 – Ty Higgins has been named director of media relations for Ohio Farm Bureau. He will be the organization’s primary point of contact for journalists reporting on farm, food, environmental and public policy issues.

How To Help Someone You Care About

As anyone whose life has been impacted by an addiction or behavior compulsion can attest, the effects of these diseases are rarely (if ever) limited to just one person.

Brown Meets With Workers Hurt By Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 8 – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with workers who are hurt by the ongoing government shutdown. In Cleveland, Brown met with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, who are currently working without pay due to the government shutdown.