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Ohio’s Capital Budget includes over $6 Million for Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service projects

The behind the closed doors state capital bill process finally came out into the open on May 24 when both the Ohio Senate Finance Committee and the Ohio House Finance held hearings on Ohio Senate Bill 343 and Ohio House Bill 687. Both committees heard testimony from Ohio Budget and Management Director Kimberly Murniecks. She...

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Greater Cleveland Area Organizations Seek to Build Human Capital Through Ohio’s Capital Budget

The Ohio General Assembly will soon take up a state capital budget that will top the $2 billion dollar mark. Several health and human service organizations in Greater Cleveland are making the case for why their organizations should receive some of these funds via a community project designation. In the last state capital budget, 13...

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Impact of Ohio Substitute House Bill 327 on Non-Profit Organizations

Ohio Substitute House Bill 327 is currently pending before the House State and Local Government Committee. The bill, as drafted, would impose sweeping new prohibitions on local non-profit organizations implementing inclusion and diversity programs in the State of Ohio if they receive any funds from the State of Ohio or an Ohio political subdivision. The...

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Advocates for Ohio’s Future: A Look Back at 2021

By: Kelsey Bergfeld, Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Future Sarah Hudacek, Policy Assistant, Community Solutions & Advocates for Ohio’s Future Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 500 state and local health and human services policy, advocacy and provider organizations that strive to strengthen families and communities through public funding for health,...

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Tracking of American Rescue Plan Spending Underway

In September, The Center for Community Solutions announced a new effort to closely track American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding coming to both the state and local governments through the newly-created Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Council. Tracking and research into the funding allocated to entities in Ohio is underway, with the goal of increasing the...

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State Budgeting Matters: Introduction and connection to budget resources

If you are a frequent reader of The Center for Community Solutions’ state budget resources, you are likely familiar with our series of budget-related content, State Budgeting Matters (SBM). SBM has taken on different forms over the years and is produced at varying frequencies throughout each two-year state budget cycle. In an attempt to ensure...

Community engagement on American Rescue Plan Act dollars vary widely across the county
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Community engagement on American Rescue Plan Act dollars vary widely across the county

When the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed, the federal government recognized that the $1.9 trillion plan offered a unique opportunity to greatly impact the future of the United States economy. Specifically, the $350 billion in one-time funding, which was earmarked for cities, counties and states across the country, offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to...

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A Reflection on My First State Budget

My first day as a policy assistant at The Center for Community Solutions was in mid-March. By that time, Governor Mike DeWine had already released the Executive Budget and budget hearings in the Ohio House of Representatives were well underway. Although I knew going into this new position that I was joining during a very...

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State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues...

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Ohio General Assembly Must Protect Procurement, Not Contractor Profits

For years, The Center for Community Solutions has written about Ohio’s managed care program, with pieces outlining federal standards, current performance and value-based contracting. And, when Ohio Medicaid announced they were rebidding the contracts, we paid close attention, monitoring the feedback process, providing written comment and reviewing, in detail, the hundreds of pages worth of...

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