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...

A lifetime of lead exposure

When elevated blood lead levels are in the news, it is typically related to the youngest members of our community. Children aged 5 and under tend to suffer the most devastating and permanent consequences of lead poisoning. Reporters at Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper have consistently reported on the conditions that result in elevated blood levels and the prevalence of lead...

A Difference of Perspectives

Upon leaving the Legislative Budget Office in 1982, Richard G. Sheridan relocated to Lakewood on Ohio’s North Coast, where he taught classes and served as fiscal director at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin Urban Center. He later moved to The Center for Community Solutions (then, the Federation for Community Planning), where he was a prolific author of publications on...

Eliminating Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

In December, I authored an infographic report on racial disparities in Cleveland, which served to stoke community dialogue and keep the issue of systemic racism top-of-mind for many in the nonprofit and public sector communities. In the first part of 2019, I will explore some possible solutions to problems that were raised in the infographics. This blog is the first...

Working for Richard G. Sheridan

Shortly after graduating with a Master’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 1977, I sought employment as a “practitioner” of the trade with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC). Upon interviewing with LSC Director David Johnston, he thought I would best fit the organization in their Legislative Budget Office (LBO). While structurally a part of the...

Driver’s license suspensions disproportionately impact poor Ohioans

The Center for Community Solutions has written about the ways in which our current transportation policy choices affect health outcomes and Medicaid spending, including how access to transportation increases economic mobility and alleviates poverty. However, it’s important to highlight how a driver’s license is a near necessity for employment in Ohio, with the Ohio Department of Transportation stating “the existing...