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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - OH: Budget Policy & Priorities

Ohio averages 19 tornadoes a year. (rbeard113/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's a prime time of year for flooding and tornadoes in Ohio, and a new report highlights the ways the state is fiscally prepared to respond when disaster strikes. According to findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Ohio uses four out of five common methods used by states to e

Fast-food workers are considered essential during Ohio's stay-at-home order, yet earn a near-poverty wage. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the livelihoods of many Ohioans. However new data reveals a significant number of Ohio workers were already were scrapping to get by. A new report shows that six of Ohio's 10 most common jobs in 2019 paid near-poverty wages. Researcher Michael

Many homeless systems lack sufficient space to isolate and quarantine clients who show symptoms of COVID-19. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is starting a new effort to focus on the collision of two public health crises: coronavirus and homelessness. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of a new task force that will examine how to best help homeless programs that are struggling to meet local, state and federal g

In a 2019 study, half of Ohio child welfare workers met the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's child welfare agencies are grappling with historically high caseloads, and there's often not enough resources to provide timely services to children and their families. One-in-four Ohio caseworkers left his or her position in 2017, and turnover is even higher in some count

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w

Toxic algae from Lake Erie contaminated Toledo's water supply in 2014. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After past attempts to gut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Trump administration's new budget plan funds the program at current levels. But some advocacy groups note that support is undermined by drastic cuts to other core clean water programs. President

Farmers can play a crucial role in fighting climate change by adopting practices that improve soil health and capture carbon, but a new report suggests the federal government isn't doing enough to help them. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Climate change may be hurting rural communities in Ohio and other states, but new research says federal investments could help turn things around. At the Center for American Progress, senior policy analyst Ryan Richards said rural areas face unique challenges -- from flooding and

Supporters of block granting Medicaid contend it would save costs and give states flexibility. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Trump administration is calling it the "Healthy Adult Opportunity," but health care advocates contend the new plan to revamp Medicaid is the same old story. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday is expected to release a block grant plan for Medicaid that

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