Policy Matters Ohio


State budget director Tim Keen was criticized for tax collections that came in nearly a billion dollars below his projections.

Ohio Public Radio

As the state’s budgetary shortfall approaches one billion dollars, a small business tax cut adopted four years ago is getting renewed attention.


The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured.

Ohio Public Radio

The state's semi-private economic development agency JobsOhio says last year, the fewest number of jobs were created since 2013.

Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers and policy advocates are sounding off in response to Governor John Kasich’s proposal to cut income taxes while increasing other taxes to pay for those tax cuts.


Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average, and the state is on a job-gaining trend.


Natural gas prices closed at a 17-year low today. 

A new study by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows the state gives out billions of dollars in tax breaks with little oversight.

Ohio’s economy may be improving, but in many ways the state is still struggling nearly six years after the end of the Great Recession.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says oil and natural gas production continues to rise.

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s plan to increase the severance tax is getting some support from an unlikely source

Bradley Parks

Facing an historically strong Republican majority -- Ohio House Democrats are sticking to their platforms and laying out their priorities for the coming General Assembly. 

A new study shows low- and middle-income people in Ohio and across the country pay a higher percentage of taxes than earners in the top 1 percent. 


Raising the severance tax on oil and gas drillers has been a major issue in Ohio.

A new report says Ohio workers are more productive and better educated, but they aren't necessarily making more money.

Number Of Ohioans In Labor Force Hits 36 Year Low

Sep 2, 2014

The number of Ohioans in the labor force this year is at its lowest level since October 1978. Two economic experts see that number –and others – in different ways.

Think Tank Says Ohio Tax Policies Favor The Wealthy

Aug 18, 2014

Ohio lawmakers began income tax cuts back in 2005 and they have continued to cut those same taxes even in recent years.

Ohio’s elderly are vastly unprotected and underserved, according to a public policy group’s latest report.

The Labor Department says the number of Ohioans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose by 15 hundred last week due to layoffs in manufacturing.

When Medicaid expansion was discussed in recent months, advocates said it would allow coverage for 275 thousand low-income Ohioans.

Columbus city leaders are working toward a 75 million dollar balance in the municipal rainy day fund. One of the reasons is to help the city maintain services in an era of state funding cuts.

Study Paints Poor Picture Of Ohio Economy

Sep 3, 2013

A study by a progressive-leaning think tank shows Ohio continues to have high rates of unemployment and low wages.

Some Ohio retailers say the new state budget will help the state’s brick and mortar stores by equalizing the tax structure for online purchases.

Studies: State Budget Will Hurt Ohioans' Pocketbooks

Jul 8, 2013

The Ohio Republican Party hails the new two year state budget as a win for taxpayers.

Benefits Of State Film Tax Credits Debated

Jun 6, 2013

As more films are made in the state, there is renewed debate over the tax credits Ohio is using to lure movie makers here. 

Activists Lobby For Medicaid Expansion

May 14, 2013

Advocates for expanding Medicaid used the Mother's Day holiday to ask state lawmakers what their mothers would do about the issue.

Debate Over Proposed Tax Shift Continues

Mar 12, 2013

Republicans who dominate the Ohio legislature are continuing to signal their enthusiasm for GOP Governor John Kasich's proposal to slash the graduated state income tax. That was clear again Tuesday when a House tax-writing subcommittee held another hearing on the idea that's just PART of a much larger tax SHIFT proposal. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.