Trump Calls for Cuts to Low-Income Housing Programs – Except One that Helps Folks Like Him
The President’s budget calls for a reduction in funding for programs that provide shelter for the poor and homeless — except for a federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. Trump is one of the private landlords; he is a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex.
According to the Washington Post, Trump’s business empire “intersects with government in countless ways, from taxation to permitting to the issuing of patents, but the housing subsidy is one of the clearest examples of the conflicts experts have predicted.”
Trump’s financial interests can directly rise or fall on the policies of his administration.
‘Superhero’ Carl Tamed His Demons, Now Helps Cleveland’s Homeless Try to Tame Theirs
Carl’s story could’ve been like any other statistic: alcoholic at an early age, trouble holding down a job, homelessness. Carl ultimately learned to persevere, and made his life mission to help other like him. Carl is a walking example that people can change, with the right community support and understanding. Read more here.
Trump said the House Health Care Bill was ‘Mean;’ UHCAN Says Senate Plan is Even Worse and Would Cost Ohio Jobs
Both House and Senate versions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) make steep cuts to Medicaid and effectively end Medicaid expansion. With 25 percent of its population on Medicaid and more than 723,000 people covered by expansion, Ohio would be especially harmed by the American Health Care Act (AHCA), according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio.
The report, by the state’s premier public policy research team, contains county and Congressional district data that projects the dollars lost due to Medicaid restructuring, the number of people affected, the drop in insurance rate and the potential economic impact.
The Plain Dealer quoted Steve Wagner, executive director of UHCAN Ohio, as noting that Trump recently said the House bill was “mean,” but Senate bill is worse.
“The Senate version is even meaner,” Wagner said. “It would increase costs, cut coverage, weaken protections for our most vulnerable people and cost Ohio good-paying jobs at hospitals.”
In its analysis, Policy Matters points out that the AHCA would cap federal funding for Medicaid enrollees. The federal government would save money because the cap is set at a growth rate lower than Medicaid costs are expected to grow. States would be responsible for covering all costs above the caps. To maintain current Medicaid levels, Ohio would have to spend $6.4 to $8.5 billion by 2025 or cut some combination of Medicaid payments to providers, service options and eligibility for Ohioans.
“Under per capita caps, additional federal funds do not get triggered when a state faces a spike in health care costs from a public health emergency like Ohio’s opioid epidemic,” said Wendy Patton, Senior Project Director at Policy Matters Ohio. “Additional costs would fall to states.”
Provisions to limit payments from Medicaid and make it more expensive for some to buy insurance would place a big financial burden on Ohio hospitals. As manufacturing and retail remain relatively flat, Ohio’s health care economy has been growing. Experts estimate that Ohio could lose thousands of good-paying hospital jobs.
Free the Nipple: Judge Hands AG DeWine Another Defeat With Ruling Allowing Breasts At ComFest
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office again found itself on the losing side of a court battle wasting taxpayer dollars. This time, his office was representing the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, which complained that ComFest broke “Rule 52,” which bans “the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple and/or areola.” Authorities threatened to shut down beer, wine and liquor sales in the event attendees bared some flesh. This rule was written for strip clubs – not ComFest.
Opinions on this set aside, Ohio has far more pressing issues (the opioid epidemic, our abysmal infant mortality rate, too many failing charter schools, to name a few) that warrant the AG’s time and resources.
According to The Dispatch, this week’s order means “there will be beer, wine and liquor at the festival. And topless women if they so choose, but that’s not a planned event.”
New Training Helps State Investigators Help Human Trafficking Victims
State undercover liquor control agents are being trained to recognize trafficking victims and put them on a path to treatment and counseling instead of behind bars.
With the leadership of Toledo State Rep. Teresa Fedor, Ohio has passed laws to increase criminal penalties for both offenders who force people into the sex trade, and those who buy the services of sex trade victims. Recognizing trafficked women as victims has moved the state to substitute addiction treatment and counseling as alternatives to incarceration.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Won’t Face Voters at Ohio Town Halls, So Voters Take Town Hall to Portman
Frustrated with Senator Rob Portman’s unwillingness to hold a town hall with voters, a group decided to take the town hall to Washington D.C. Joining Portman’s “Constituent Coffee,” participants asked questions regarding the American Health Care Act, Medicaid and Russia. Not getting many answers, the group staged a sit-in inside the senator’s office to ensure all of their concerns were at least heard, since they certainly aren’t being answered. The group was joined by the @Indivisible Guide team and several other media outlets while in D.C.
Trump Taps Judge for Ohio Appellate Court Who Compared Repro Rights to Slavery
Ohio Appellate Court nominee John Bush has engaged in “extracurricular writing that exposes a stunning lack of the qualities normally associated with judicial temperament,” according to the Alliance for Justice. He has numerous publications showing that he adheres to a “hyperpartisan political agenda.” Clearly not the right choice for Ohio, and not the right choice for America.
New Study: Anti-Choice Laws in Ohio and Other State Ignore Science
According to a recent study, at least ten common categories of state laws and policies restricting abortion run contrary to science. Because these laws are prevalent across the country, almost a third of all U.S. women of reproductive age (ages 15-44) live in a state with at least five of these restrictions. Read the full study here.
Lawmakers Want You to Pay a Higher Electric Bill if Your Utility Has Bad Credit
Legislators are proposing to make consumers pay for utilities’ poor credit ratings, something that could lead to increases in electricity bills. The specific amendment in the state budget says a utility company could charge consumers for “expenses related to maintaining an acceptable credit rating.” Read more here.
ECOT Bilks Taxpayers for No-Show Students, Then Warns of Layoffs If Money Must Be Repaid
After the State School Board accepted a hearing officer’s recommendation to force ECOT to repay the state of Ohio $60 million dollars for education time it never provided to students, the e-school giant fired back by saying it will be forced to layoff a quarter of its staff. The $60 million repayment is based on just one year of overpayments made to ECOT. Had the ECOT been required to justify education hours since opening its doors, the $60 million would be significantly higher.
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