July 18, 2016

1. In the Nation: Artificial Intelligence Investments Quadruple as Companies Use Automation for Economic Development
In 2016, new investments in artificial intelligence will top more than $1 billion. The rapid rise of artificial intelligence in everyday use could have a broad impact on the workforce development.

2. In the State: Making "Work First" Work Better
Ohio invests hundreds of millions of dollars in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program each year. One of the central program goals is to help move low-income families into self-sufficiency through employment, but according to this study, only 5.1 percent of Ohio TANF leavers in 2014 exited the program because they found employment. The study suggests how Ohio might capitalize on recent policy developments to improve the employment outcomes of Ohio TANF recipients and thereby avoid future program expenditures.

3. In the Region: Rate of Uninsured Drops, Yet Premiums Could Skyrocket Next Year
Local insurer Medical Mutual of Ohio posted a net loss of $50 million on its Affordable Care Act plans in 2014 and 2015. Insurers are asking the Department of Insurance, for an 8 percent increase on average on their premium offerings. When discussing the viability of the ACA marketplace in the future, opinions differ among experts whether it will be affordable to citizens and whether there will be enough political will to maintain it.

4. At Community Solutions: Healthy Ohio Waiver Released
On July 8, the federal comment process for the Healthy Ohio waiver began. In this latest post, Public Policy Fellow Loren Anthes discusses the comment process thus far and provides some analysis on who this may affect by County in Ohio.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Ohio's "Benefit Cliff" is a Roller Coaster for Low- to Middle-Income Families
For families that struggle to make ends meet; even getting a raise can create a challenge. This week's graphic shows the dips and dives that a family's monthly budget can take as their income rises. Click here to read more about the roller coaster that is the path from poverty to prosperity in Ohio.

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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 also focus on the following policies: 

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  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
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