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Policy Matters Ohio: Eroded Services in the State Budget

This report looks at state funding for several programs that serve hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, but leave many struggling people and families behind. Lawmakers have an opportunity to do better for Ohio families in the upcoming budget.

Many Ohio communities have weak economies. Poverty in the state is high, higher than before the recession. Between 184,000 and 198,000 Ohioans live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $2 a day. Yet over time Ohio policymakers reduced investment in some important human services and never restored them to meet pressing needs.

Governor DeWine’s campaign platform included raising income eligibility in the public child care program to help more working families and increasing the number of pregnant women or mothers benefited through home visiting. This is a good place to start, but many more eroded services should be restored.

Read the full report here