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Ohio Budget Analysis: It’s not Just Teachers Losing Jobs

April 29, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – From preschool to graduate school, funding for education in Ohio would cut by $2 billion under Gov. Kasich's budget proposal, compared to 2011 levels.

A new analysis asserts that education quality in the state would be damaged and more than 31,000 direct school jobs would be lost, ranging from teachers to ground crew workers.

Wendy Patton, report author and senior associate, Policy Matters Ohio, says more than 2,000 indirect jobs could also disappear.

"This is the companies that provide chalk for the chalkboard and cleaning solvent for the hallways; the suppliers of food for the cafeterias. It's those suppliers that are also hurt."

Patton points out that education is a labor-intensive field, and warns that cuts could be devastating to families and communities across the state, prompting a significant setback for the Ohio economy. As the laid-off workers spend less, 13,000 more jobs would likely vanish from communities, in such businesses as grocery stores, banks and restaurants, she says.

"There is a lot of economic evidence that, as a job is lost and as that worker stops buying household purchases on Main Street, other jobs are then lost in the economy."

While raising revenue would also affect jobs, Patton says numerous studies have concluded far fewer jobs are lost through tax increases than through spending cuts. Her organization is suggesting the budget be balanced on both sides of the ledger to avoid job losses.

Today, an Ohio House panel is expected to announce its version of a school funding plan. It is expected to differ from Kasich's plan.

The full report is at www.policymattersohio.org/DirectIndirectInducedJobLoss.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH