July 21, 2014

1. In the Nation: U.S. Multigenerational Living Totals Rise
A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1 percent of the population, lived in a multigenerational household in 2012, according to a report released this week by the Pew Research Center in Washington. Almost one in four 25- to 34-year-olds had such living arrangements, and young men in particular were more likely to reside with their families. The findings highlight the economic struggles young Americans continue to face in the wake of the recession as unemployment for the age group remains elevated above its historical average.

2. In the State: $45 Million Collected in Online Taxes
In Fiscal Year 2014, the state collected $45 million from taxes on online sales. This increase comes after Ohio joined a multi-state effort to streamline sales tax collection for online purchases. Although the state only has the authority to collect taxes from retailers who have a physical location in the state, which excludes large online retailers such as Amazon, Ohio's Department of Taxation estimates that it could eventually collect up to $308 million from tax revenue on online sales.

3. In the Region: Trumbull Children Services Looks To Technology in Efforts to Become More Efficient

In an effort to improve policy and procedures, Trumbull County Children Services will provide 50 caseworkers with notebook style computers to remotely enter case notes for families they work with into a statewide database. With the new technology, caseworkers will be able to update files while in the field, making the agency more efficient.

4. At Community Solutions: CCS Looks at Cleveland's Social Service Clearing House, Request for "Dear County Executive" Letters, Nominations are Open for MTV and Anisfield-Wolf Awards

• The July edition of Common Ground, our bi-monthly online newsletter, begins to explore the question: “How Far Have We Come in Coordinating Social Services?” by taking a look back at Cleveland’s Social Service Clearing House. What can be learned? Do similar challenges still exist? Read more.

• Community Solutions continues our tradition of providing thought-provoking letters related to critical health, social, and economic issues from the community to candidates for public office through our special edition “Dear County Executive.” Authors will represent diverse backgrounds, interests, and areas of expertise. To be considered for publication, letters must be received by August 8. Anyone interested in submitting a letter may contact Verna Riffe Biemel at vbiemel@CommunitySolutions.com.

• Each year, Community Solutions sponsors two award programs. Nominations are open for both:
           a) Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award: $20,000 prize for a nonprofit organization serving Greater Cleveland

           b) MTV: Honoring Most Treasured Volunteers in Northeast Ohio

Nominations may be sent by mail or email, or submitted online for both awards; they are due by 5 p.m., September 10.

5. This Week’s CCS Infographic:
Here’s a sneak peek at what the Community Solutions Research Team is examining. When Americans say “Social Security” they usually mean the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefit. The percent of the population that receives OASDI in each of Ohio’s counties ranges from 10.7 percent in Holmes County to 27.1 percent in Monroe County.

The Social Security Act contains so much more, and its 80th anniversary is in 2015. As CCS prepares to commemorate that anniversary, stay tuned for more on other benefits included in the Act, such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, TANF, and unemployment compensation.


Check out last week's "High On Ohio" featuring Virginia Barney, The Collective Genius

Reminder: Don't miss the free Webinar featuring Dr. Peter Cappelli, the director of The Wharton School’s Center for Human Resources, on “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs – and What To Do About It,” on Wednesday, July 23, at 4 pm (EST). Learn more and register at webinars@communityplanning.org.



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We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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