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Archive of News Releases

  • Ohio Workers to Bear the Burden for Unemployment Compensation System Solvency

    December 02, 2016

    COLUMBUS - In the final days of the legislative session, after two decades without any action to improve the solvency of the state’s Unemployment Compensation system, state lawmakers are rushing to impose massive benefits cuts for Ohio workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. Download...
  • The High Cost of Being Poor in Ohio

    September 30, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite recent U.S. Census Bureau data showing reductions in the poverty rate and increases in household median income, more than a million Ohioans still face double jeopardy in today’s economy. Not only do they live below the poverty line, they also face high costs in areas such as rent, food, child care and predatory lending. Download...
  • New U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Data Reflect Improving Economy, Importance of Public Support Programs

    September 15, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new state data showing poverty and unemployment are down and median household income is up, along with real wage growth. Additionally, the number of Ohioans without health insurance is at an all-time low. Download...
  • Employees, Employers Input Needed to Fix Unemployment

    February 17, 2016

    COLUMBUS – A handful of members of Ohio’s House and Senate plan to meet to discuss House Bill 394, a bill that would change Ohio’s unemployment insurance system by sharply cutting benefits for Ohio workers and reducing costs to Ohio employers. Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is pleased that state lawmakers are examining the unemployment legislation. Download...
  • House Bill 394: Response and Recommendations

    January 11, 2016

    In an economy where more working families are standing in foodbank lines, the proposed House Bill 394 (HB 394) hurts working Ohioans and their families by severely limiting the unemployment benefits available for those who lose a job. HB 394 goes farther than any other state to limit benefits available to the unemployed and create barriers to accessing unemployment insurance (UI) compensation. For years, a smaller share of the unemployed in Ohio have qualified for benefits than in the nation as a whole – just 21 percent in the third quarter of 2015 – and that percentage would only get smaller under HB 394. Download...
  • Hamler Fugitt Named Co-Chair of Coalition

    January 08, 2016

    COLUMBUS – Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) has a new co-chair: Lisa Hamler Fugitt, the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and a long-time coalition member. Hamler Fugitt takes on the leadership role following the December retirement of Col Owens, an AOF co-chair since 2013. Download...
  • Advocates to Hold Press Conference on Proposed Unemployment Bill

    January 07, 2016

    Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) will hold a press conference on Monday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. to respond to the proposed unemployment bill, House Bill 394. Download...
  • New Data Shows 15.8 Percent of Ohioans Have Incomes at or Below the Federal Poverty Level, or Nearly 1.8 Million People

    September 18, 2015

    Columbus – Advocacy groups on Thursday called attention to the latest Census data that shows the economic recession hasn’t ended for many working Ohioans, whose wages remain stagnant despite the rising cost of living. Several statewide anti-poverty groups briefed the media on the U.S. Census Bureau’s new American Community Survey poverty data, which found that 15.8 percent of Ohioans, or nearly 1.8 million people, live in households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level. For a household of three, the poverty threshold is about $20,000 a year. Download...
  • New Ohio Poverty Data to be Released, Discussed at Briefing

    September 15, 2015

    COLUMBUS – Several statewide anti-poverty groups will brief the media about new U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey poverty data following its release on Thursday, September 17. Advocates and policy experts will discuss the factors contributing to the prevalence of poverty in Ohio and the opportunities that policymakers have to respond. Download...
  • AOF's Response to the Governor on H.B. 64

    June 29, 2015

    Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF), a coalition of over 475 participating organizations in the health and social services arena, wishes to take this opportunity to speak clearly and candidly about H.B. 64 which is before you for final consideration, possible veto and signing. First we are appreciative of your work and that of the members of the House and Senate on numerous provisions of the pending state budget. We also wish to clearly state our continued advocacy of a number of issues, which are not included in H.B. 64 but should be, given Ohio’s positive economic growth. Download...
  • It’s Still Not Too Late

    June 23, 2015

    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Public Children Services Association of Ohio and the member organizations of Advocates for Ohio’s Future call on Leadership, Conferees and members of both the House and Senate to insist on funding for Child and Adult Protective Services before passing a Conference Report. Download...
  • Legislature Must Meet the Needs of All Ohioans

    June 22, 2015

    COLUMBUS – Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is firm in its commitment to all Ohioans represented by our participating coalition organizations. AOF is also committed to ensuring that the needs of those less fortunate than many of us are also met. The decisions made in the next few days will shape the direction and immediate future of many of our citizens. Download...
  • Use State Resources to Help Ohioans Overcome Their Rainy Days

    June 16, 2015

    COLUMBUS – The latest version of the 2016-17 state budget bill locks millions in state resources away in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, leaving many Ohioans to face stormy weather with insufficient support from the state. Download...
  • Not Too Late for Ohio Senate to Do the Right Thing

    June 12, 2015

    COLUMBUS – There is still time for the Ohio Senate to do the right thing by adopting a budget bill that ensures that all Ohioans are safe, have good jobs and can afford the basics. Thirty-four percent of Ohio households have incomes below the self-sufficiency standard. Only with their basic needs met can Ohioans fully participate in Ohio’s economic recovery and begin to climb the ladder up and out of poverty. AOF implores the Ohio legislature to prioritize the available state resources to further strengthen Ohio’s families and communities. Download...
  • Budget Investments Needed to Support Low-Income Ohioans, Seniors, Children

    June 09, 2015

    Columbus - Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) implores the Ohio Senate to do the right thing, to use this budget adoption opportunity to provide all Ohioans with the opportunity to fully participate in our economic recovery and to provide a clear path up and out of poverty. This moment in Ohio’s history will be judged by how we use our state’s resources to strengthen families, our communities and our economy. Let’s do the right thing. Download...
  • Sundermeyer to Lead Advocates for Ohio’s Future

    April 10, 2015

    COLUMBUS – Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) Co-chairs Mark Davis and Col Owens announce that, after a serious review and interview process, the Executive Committee of AOF has confirmed the selection of Bill Sundermeyer as the new State Director. Sundermeyer has been an active member of the health and human services coalition for many years, recently chairing the coalition’s public policy committee. Download...
  • Advocates See Opportunities to Support Ohio's Workforce in Budget

    February 03, 2015

    Columbus – Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) sees opportunities to support Ohio’s workforce, help Ohioans access good jobs, and keep Ohioans safe in Governor Kasich’s FY 2016-17 budget proposal. Download...
  • Advocates for Ohio’s Future Introduces 2016-17 Budget Goals

    January 30, 2015

    Columbus – Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) previewed its 2016-17 budget goals in a press conference on January 30. The health and human services coalition focused on policy areas that support working Ohioans, help Ohioans access good jobs, and ensure that Ohioans are safe. Download...
  • Advocates Hold Brown Bag Session to Announce Budget Priorities

    January 23, 2015

    Columbus—Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF), a coalition advocating for health and human service budget and policy solutions, will hold a brown bag lunch on January 30 to unveil budget priorities and provide an opportunity for Q&A with coalition partners representing the health and human services spectrum. Download...
  • Advocates For Ohio's Future Announces Leadership Transition

    January 09, 2015

    COLUMBUS – Will Petrik, State Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future since 2012, stepped down to pursue new opportunities in his local community of Columbus, Ohio, effective January 1, 2015. To support the coalition during this time of transition, Gail Clendenin has been appointed Interim State Director. Ms. Clendenin has been the Communications Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future since 2012. Download...
  • Governor Signs Bill Supporting Ohio Children, Seniors, Families

    June 16, 2014

    Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 483 today, a budget bill that includes new investments in Ohio’s children, seniors and families. Among other investments, the bill includes the first new funding for child welfare in over nine years. It also includes an allocation for adult protective services that is nearly four times more than the state has ever provided for adult protective services. Download...
  • Final Budget Bill Supports Ohio Children, Seniors and Families

    June 05, 2014

    The Ohio House and Senate passed House Bill 483, a budget bill that includes new investments in Ohio’s children, seniors and families. “The bill takes clear steps to support families and communities in Ohio. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is grateful for the work of the House, the Senate and the Administration for supporting important investments to protect children and seniors from abuse and neglect,” said Col Owens, Co-chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future. “We appreciate the efforts of our advocacy partners and supporters across the state who helped build the case for these timely investments.” Download...
  • Senate Supports Seniors, Children in Mid-Biennium Review

    May 20, 2014

    Advocates today hailed the Ohio Senate Finance Committee’s omnibus version of the Mid-Biennium Review, HB 483, for maintaining support of new dollars for child and adult protective services. Funding includes $10 million for Adult Protective Services (APS) and $10 million for child welfare. Download...
  • Advocates Ask Ohio Senate to Support Children and Seniors in HB 483

    May 09, 2014

    All Ohioans need to feel safe in their homes and communities. Too many children and seniors are abused, neglected and exploited across Ohio, and many counties lack the resources to keep our children and older adults safe. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is working to build support in the Ohio Senate to strengthen Ohio’s commitment to the protection of our seniors and children. Download...
  • Mid-Biennium Review Introduces Proposals to Strengthen Ohio

    March 13, 2014

    On Tuesday, Governor Kasich released his plan for the "Mid-Biennium Review" (MBR). Advocates for Ohio's Future believes that Ohio can be a great place for all Ohioans to live and work, and that the MBR proposes several new initiatives which could help Ohioans achieve their potential and participate in the economy. The MBR, which is likely to be split up into a number of smaller bills, focuses on education, tax reform, workforce, and supporting Ohioans in need. Download...
  • Advocates Focus on Strengthening Economy, Communities & Families in 2014

    February 24, 2014

    On February 24th Governor John Kasich delivered the State of the State speech in Medina, Ohio, highlighting why jobs and educational opportunities are so important to strengthen Ohio. Advocates for Ohio’s Future agrees that jobs and education are important to strengthen Ohio’s economy, but asserts that more can be done to promote solutions to strengthen families and communities. Download...
  • Finish Ohio’s Business: Take a Vote on Health Care Expansion

    June 25, 2013

    With less than a week until lawmakers leave Columbus, Advocates for Ohio’s Future delivered a letter to Senate President Faber and House Speaker Batchelder encouraging legislative leaders to “finish Ohio’s business and take a vote on Medicaid expansion.” Download...
  • House Budget Leaves Door Open to Make Ohioans Healthier

    April 18, 2013

    The Ohio House today passed its version state budget bill (HB59). The provision to extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans that was included in the Governor’s budget was left out in the House version, but an amendment on the floor was passed that allows the Kasich Administration the ability to pursue alternative options to extend healthcare coverage to 275,000 Ohioans. Download...
  • Ohioans Stand Together for Coverage

    April 16, 2013

    Over a thousand Ohioans came together to stand up and join hands forming a circle around the Statehouse to pray for changes in the state budget to make Ohio communities healthier. A diverse community came together to pray that lawmakers choose people over politics and extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the state budget. Download...
  • Governor's Plan to Extend Health Care Strengthens Ohioans and Ohio's Economy

    February 19, 2013

    This evening, Governor Kasich discussed his vision for Ohio in the State of the State address. The Governor highlighted his decision to include the extension of health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in his proposed state budget. This decision will strengthen Ohio’s health care economy, improve the health of thousands of families and communities, and continue comprehensive reforms to Ohio Medicaid. Download...
  • Advocates for Ohio's Future Praises the Governor for expanding Medicaid

    February 04, 2013

    This afternoon, Governor Kasich announced his decision to include the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in his proposed budget. This decision will strengthen Ohio’s health care economy, improve the health of thousands of families and communities, and continue comprehensive reforms to Ohio Medicaid. Download...
  • Medicaid Expansion Will Strengthen Ohio's Communities and Economy

    January 15, 2013

    A new study finds that Medicaid expansion will reduce the number of uninsured in Ohio, increase Ohio employment and earnings, help local governments and lower health care costs for Ohio employers and residents. The analysis was presented by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, The Ohio State University, the Urban Institute and Regional Economic Models, Inc. Download...
  • Census Shows Health Care Coverage Expands, Household Income Declines

    September 12, 2012

    Household income declined nationally, even though more young people now have access to health care according to Census Bureau figures released today on income, poverty, and health insurance. 46.2 million Americans remain in poverty across the nation. Download...
  • AOF names new State Director

    August 16, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) announced Thursday that Will Petrik, a health and human service advocate with experience in organizing and public relations, has been appointed as its State Director. He was succeeded by Scott Britton, who is stepping down after 2 years at the helm. Download...
  • AOF praises US Supreme Court historic health care decision

    June 28, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio's Future applauded the US Supreme Court decision today that will enhance the health and quality of life of Ohioans. Download...
  • Advocates for Ohio's Future praises new presumptive eligibility rules

    June 05, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio's Future today commended Governor John Kasich, the Office of Health Transformation, and lawmakers for improving pregnant women’s and children’s access to health care by expanding so-called “presumptive eligibility.” Download...
  • AOF praises decision to repeal drug-testing provision

    May 17, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio's Future applauded the Senate Finance Committee, President Niehaus and Minority Leader Kearny for removing a discriminatory provision to start a drug-testing program for Ohioans applying for Ohio Works First. The item was part of the Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill, which the full Senate is voting on this afternoon. Download...
  • Strong communities can rebound with good policy

    May 10, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio's Future today offered the Senate Finance Committee options for supporting communities as they rebound from recession by strengthening Ohio’s public infrastructure in health and other services. Download...
  • Governor's Mid-Biennial Review a step in the right direction

    March 15, 2012

    The following may be attributed to Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, co-chair of AOF: “Advocates for Ohio’s Future supports Governor Kasich’s commitment to bring more Ohioans into the workforce and to strengthen the state’s economy. We need to work to maintain vital public services – including food, housing, health care, mental health, and child care – to enable all Ohioans to access employment opportunities and take advantage of the recovery.” Download...
  • Advocates offer policies for mid-biennium review

    March 13, 2012

    Advocates for Ohio's Future today offered five areas for consideration as the Kasich Administration prepares to release, and the General Assembly plans to take up, the mid-biennium review. Download...
  • Response to the Governor's State of the State Address

    February 07, 2012

    The following may be attributed to Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, co-chair of AOF: “Advocates for Ohio’s Future supports Governor Kasich’s ongoing commitment to bring more Ohioans back into our workforce, and to streamline job-training programs to meet the needs of those looking for jobs and their employers. This also means investing in workforce supports – education, housing, health care, child care, transportation – that position people to take advantage of the recovery. Download...
  • Advocates thank administration for action on welfare overpayments

    November 28, 2011

    Advocates for Ohio's Future today commended Governor John Kasich for putting a stop to efforts by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to recover 25-year-old welfare overpayments. Download...
  • 300 groups sign principles for deficit reduction

    October 21, 2011

    Diverse groups representing health and human service organizations, managed care, nursing home lobbyists, and family farms joined together to call on U.S. Senator Rob Portman and the rest of Ohio’s Congressional delegation to provide more support for people who are struggling. Download...
  • Despite gains, too many holes remain in state’s safety net

    July 01, 2011

    For vulnerable Ohioans, the FY2012-13 budget signed by Governor Kasich yesterday has improved from the budget introduced in March, but Advocates for Ohio’s Future is concerned that as more people need health and human services, the budget will fail to meet the rising demand and will cripple local social services. Download...
  • Safety net must be priority for Conference Committee

    June 16, 2011

    As legislators reach the final stretch of the budget debate, health and human service advocates are asking lawmakers to set aside $37 million to invest in Ohio’s safety net. Download...
  • Ohio leaders should work to stabilize safety net

    June 09, 2011

    In the face of rising fuel and food prices and widespread unemployment, Ohio leaders still have the opportunity in the next three weeks to stabilize the safety net for vulnerable Ohioans by prioritizing any new revenue for health, human service, and early care & education programs, according to Advocates for Ohio’s Future. Download...
  • Senate must prioritize any new revenue for safety net

    May 17, 2011

    In the midst of calls for new tax cuts and replenishing the rainy day fund, Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) urged the Ohio Senate during a news conference today to designate any new revenue identified during budget discussions for health, human service, and early care & education programs that support vulnerable Ohioans. Download...
  • Governor's budget strengthens safety net in some areas, weakens it in others

    March 15, 2011

    A statewide coalition of health, human service, and early care & education groups today applauded many facets of Governor John Kasich’s executive budget that protect low-income Ohioans and those struggling with the recession. But Advocates for Ohio’s Future cautioned that cuts in other key areas will take their toll on the state’s most vulnerable populations. Download...
  • Advocacy group celebrates value of vital public services

    January 11, 2011

    An eight-year-old advocacy coalition with a new name is urging the Governor and state lawmakers trying to close the budget gap to keep in mind Ohio’s most vulnerable and those struggling because of the recession. Download...