Ohio lawmakers defunded Planned Parenthood, taking away state funding for women’s health programs because of the organization’s link to abortions. Planned Parenthood has maintained many of those programs using private funds. [Planned Parenthood Federation of America] When Ohio lawmakers . . .
Battles have raged within the Trump administration over family separations, ICE raids and the president’s obsession with a wall. Together, they have remade homeland security. 81726_1_0721mag-DHSTop2_wg_1080p In the last day of March, Kirstjen Nielsen set off for what was supposed . . .
Cincinnati paramedics respond to an overdose victim at Piatt Park in Downtown Cincinnati. The victim, 32, survived and refused to go to a hospital. (Photo: Liz Dufour/The Enquirer) Ohio will see its first drop in overdose deaths since the opioid epidemic . . .
Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families May 28, 2019 — “Today marks a victory for family friendly policies as Maine becomes the 11th state and 34th jurisdiction to enact a paid sick days law. With . . .
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says lawmakers’ budget plan revisions will include cuts to personal state income taxes, as well as reducing tax breaks on things like business income, movie productions, and corporate jets. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) COLUMBUS, Ohio . . .
Tony Huang, CEO of Possible Finance, showing the app that customers will use — come Saturday, when the company begins operating in Ohio — to obtain and repay short-term loans. (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new short-term loan . . .
An estimated 25,000 families in public housing are of mixed-status, meaning that at least one family member is a citizen, legal permanent resident, or refugee and another member is undocumented. Although undocumented immigrants do not qualify for housing benefits, current . . .
The World Health Organization issued new guidelines on screen time Wednesday for infants and children under 5. (iStockphoto) The World Health Organization issued strict new guidelines Wednesday on one of the most anxiety-producing issues of 21st century family life: . . .
A law restricting payday lending in Ohio that was co-sponsored by a Springfield representative is about to take effect. House Bill 123 was passed and signed into law last year. Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and co-sponsor Rep. Michael Ashford, D-Toledo, . . .
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, listens as President Donald Trump outlines his plan for states to institute work requirements to get Medicaid health-coverage benefits. [AP file photo] Federal regulators Friday approved Ohio’s request . . .
Some policy analysts maintain more transparency is needed about the effectiveness of the Ohio Benefits online portal. (benefits.oh.gov) Ohio – With efficiency in mind, Ohio recently modernized the enrollment process for some public assistance programs. However, a new examination . . .
Cambridge Dictionary’s pick for word of the year speaks to our unhealthy attachment to smartphones Many dictionary publishers pick their own “word of the year” at the end of December, in an effort to summarize the year in a single . . .
(awpixel on Unsplash) We’ve all seen the movies where some evil government agency wants to get someone, and so they cut off their access to credit cards. Before the identity theft explosion, it was usually a bad credit report, . . .
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order to create the Advisory Committee on Home Visitation to help at-risk families with pregnancy and early childhood development during a press conference at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus on Tuesday. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch] . . .
New laws on guns, payday lending and child care also take effect in the new year. In their lame-duck session last week, Republicans in the Ohio legislature made one thing crystal clear: They’ve moved on from Gov. John Kasich. The . . .
Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com Where women’s bills standCLEVELAND, Ohio — Remember the pink tax bill? The bill in the Ohio Statehouse would have eliminated state sales tax on feminine hygiene products like tampons. Although it passed the House last month, the . . .
Trees in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda are lit and decorated for the holiday season. (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) Looking forward As Capitol Letter headed into 2019, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias asked Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine and the other incoming GOP statewide elected . . .
A bill being considered in the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature would specify that ministers don’t have to perform marriages that contradict their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The “Ohio Pastor Protection Act ” would stipulate that an ordained or licensed minister or . . .
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, a Medina Republican, speaking to reporters Wednesday, minutes after the Ohio Senate voted to override a veto by Gov. John Kasich. (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) The Ohio General Assembly mustered enough votes Wednesday afternoon . . .
The Ohio START program helps parents facing addiction who are involved in the child-welfare system. (laterjay/Pixabay) The opioid crisis has left some parents struggling with addiction, resulting in an overburdened foster-care system. An innovative program is expanding in Ohio . . .
Download the Report FRAC’s report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs measures how many children had access to afterschool suppers and snacks in October 2017, nationally and in each state. The Afterschool Supper Program served 1.2 million children . . .
(a4gpa/Flickr) Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the . . .
Real estate agents, CPAs and firefighters are part of the expanded list of professions now required to report when they suspect a case of elder abuse. New requirements begin today that broaden the definition of a mandatory reporter to pull . . .
Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to 36 months, caseloads have plunged to historic lows, helping the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy . . .
Only nine out of 100 families receiving support from the Ohio Works First program have income beyond cash assistance. (Pixabay) Ohio has a $500 million reserve available in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and a new report examines . . .
Each year, the release of new census data from the year before offers a chance to learn the latest changes in population shifts, poverty rates, insurance coverage and other important indicators within our communities. Data and policy wonks are often . . .
Signs in rural Fayette County advertise satellite-to-home internet service. (Sam Hendren
Liam’s adoptive mother picked up her son and asked him to display his feet. With his right foot on the glass table, the 5-year-old showed that one of his toes was inches removed from the rest. Liam was born with . . .
Unwanted calls and spam texts are annoying, but you can do something about them. Here’s how to block and report them so they won’t bother you again. (Credit Fran Caballero) Telemarketers have been a thorn in the side of humankind . . .
A Palestinian family sits together at an airport on April 17, 2018. (Getty/Dogukan Keskinkilic) In another wave of pointed attacks, the Trump administration has proposed a radical change in immigration policy that would have widespread negative consequences for people with . . .
Dear Friends, In an urgent effort to stop the administration from cutting refugee resettlement to a drastic new low, we are launching our brand new #Welcome75k Toolkit and a religious leader sign-on letter. Please join us in taking action and . . .
In every part of the nation, a large number of households is experiencing food hardship — the inability to afford enough food for themselves and their families — according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center. . . .
Only 40 percent of Ohio children enter kindergarten ready to learn, according to the Ohio Early Childhood Race & Rural Equality Report 2018, (Adam Cains,Columbus Dispatch) Young children of color or who live in rural Appalachia are more at risk . . .
Nearly 150 people were detained in two Ohio immigration raids this month. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) CINCINNATI — Stories of children being forcibly separated from their parents are adding fuel to the fire for advocacy groups in Ohio . . .
While people rally nationwide against the separation of migrant parents and children, local activists are pointing to a mother here in Columbus who faces being separated from her young daughters. Miriam Vargas, a 41-year-old immigrant from Honduras, sought sanctuary with . . .
Mulvaney advocates for combining Education and Labor Departments (Photo: Susan Walsh/The Washington Post) White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on June 21 introduced a government reorganization plan to combine the Departments of Labor and Education. The White House on . . .
Please consider sending a letter drafted by the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations to your representatives to protest the treatment of migrants by this administration. It is very easy because when you enter your address your representatives and senators . . .
Before being sent to a processing center for possible separation, a Honduran asylum seeker and her 2-year-old waited as U.S. Border Patrol agents reviewed their papers. (Credit John Moore/Getty Images) It may be hard to believe that this is happening . . .
>A section of fencing delineating the border between Mexico and the United States in Brownsville, Tex. Shelters set up to house migrants who crossed the border illegally have become big business in South Texas. (Credit Matthew Busch for The New . . .
A child cried as her mother was searched and detained in McAllen, Tex., this past week. (Credit John Moore/Getty Images) Almost immediately after President Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the . . .
A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images) The small shelter along the Texas border to Mexico held 60 beds and a little . . .
A group of boys detained at an immigration facility in Brownsville, Tex., on June 13. (Department of Health and Human Services) Most administrations have to face this public-relations problem at one point or another: They make a decision for . . .
Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families The greater the truth, the worse the lie; the corruption of the best is the worst of all. People mislead one another all the time about . . .
A child from El Salvador clings to his mother after she surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents near Rio Grande City, Tex., in December. (John Moore/Getty Images) With the number of migrant children in government custody rising fast, the . . .
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops U.S. Bishops condemn Trump’s policy of separating immigrant families at border
President Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials. . . .
Legislative brief 5-18 Payday Lending Tom Smith, Public Policy Director Ohio Council of Churches 6161 Busch Blvd., Suite 100 Columbus, OH 43229-2553 614-885-9590,x 15 www.ohcouncilchs.org
It wasn’t long ago that Kaitlin Lansing, a teenager from Waverly, OH was thinking about ending her life. She felt alone and ashamed by how her life had progressed after he parents got caught up in a cycle of drug . . .
Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing November 10, 2016, at the White House in Washington, DC. The conservative-leaning Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears federal appeals from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and . . .