The Ohio budget process

An odd-numbered year in Ohio means the state budget bill has been introduced. Every two years, the governor releases budget recommendations and the General Assembly takes the first half of the year to consider the proposal and develop its own versions of a budget for the state. By June 30, the General Assembly must present a budget bill to the...

Medicaid work requirements: Why transparency is needed in Ohio’s eligibility waiver

Now that the federal government has approved the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Group VIII Work Requirement and Community Engagement Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver, Governor Mike DeWine’s administration should do everything it can to ensure it is meeting its obligations for data transparency, legally, and as a matter of public interest. Such a significant potential cut in Medicaid, would affect hundreds...

Family health, homeless services contracts focus of Cuyahoga County HHSA Meeting

The March 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee met to consider one contract related to family health, and another for homeless services. Bob Math, from the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services spoke on behalf of the Division of Child and Family Services. He requested approval for a master contract that applies...

MetroHealth Receives Health Care Contract for Kids in Cuyahoga County Custody

The February 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee featured the approval of one contract, totaling $850,000, which covers the health care needs of children who are in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The contract lasts for one year, from January 1 to December 30, 2019. MetroHealth will continue...

Ohio Transportation Funding 101

By: William Tarter, Jr., WTarter@CommunitySolutions.com Sam Sobul, SSobul@CommunitySolutions.com Introduction The DeWine administration unveiled the biennium transportation budget on February 21. Before the Ohio General Assembly examines the budget, The Center for Community Solutions wanted to provide a primer of what gets decided in the transportation budget, the process that the transportation budget goes through, and what transportation-related items will be...

Bridging the SNAP gap: How Ohio is mitigating the federal shutdown’s lingering impact on food assistance

A month ago, amid the backdrop of a prolonged partial shutdown of the federal government, I wrote about the extreme consequences Ohio would face if federal funding for food assistance were to run out before the shutdown was resolved. Thankfully, with the shutdown ending on January 25 and the recent passage of a spending bill signed by the president, a...

Addressing racial disparities in Childhood: Opportunities in education

This is the second blog in a series responding to the infographic report on racial disparities in Cleveland that I authored in December. Click here to read the first blog. The existence of wide disparities between black and white children living in poverty is not surprising. Poverty is a measure of income relative to family size (I wrote more about...

Undesign the Redline: Remembering Judge Frederick Coleman

Earlier this year a group of staff and board members from The Center for Community Solutions visited the Undesign the Redline exhibit hosted by Enterprise Community Partners, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. The exhibit looks at how a legacy of racial and class inequity continues to shape our public policies today both in Cleveland and nationally....

A Recap of Governor DeWine’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure

On Wednesday, February 6 about 100 people packed a hearing room at the Rhodes Tower in Columbus for the second meeting of the Ohio Governor’s Advisory Council on Transportation Infrastructure. The council of 15 individuals, assembled by Governor Mike DeWine in late January, met for the very first time the day before. The committee was tasked with making recommendations on...