Obamacare Brings Higher Healthcare Costs to Ohio

obamacareThis past week, Opportunity Ohio and Media Trackers have been busy crunching the numbers on Obamacare premiums.  So far, the punchline is that healthcare costs will be going up, especially for young people.  Although it is now possible to sign up for insurance through the federal exchange – that is if you don’t run into a glitch, there are still lots of unknowns surrounding the Affordable Care Act.  Even though limited information is available on […]

Ohio Families Losing Ground as Incomes Fall

Cut SpendingToday, Opportunity Ohio released a short report on recently released household income data for the 50 states.  Ohio Families Losing Ground as Incomes Fall by Mary McCleary details Ohio’s plight over the last decade as the state has continued to drop in household income rankings.  From 2011 to 2012, Ohio’s inflation adjusted median household income fell over $1,200.  Currently, Ohio ranks 10th worst among the states with a median household income of $44,375, which is […]

Opportunity Ohio Releases Levy Calculator & School Data Tool

imagesToday Opportunity Ohio released a new transparency tool to help citizens hold their school districts accountable for spending choices.  This tool will be especially valuable to homeowners as they try to figure out how money proposed levies will cost them annually.  The tool also contains fiscal information for each district.  Please check out this groundbreaking tool here. Below is the press release that Opportunity Ohio sent out earlier today: Contact:  Mary McCleary, 614-636-2663 Opportunity Ohio […]

Opportunity Ohio Releases 2012-2013 Teacher Salaries

dodlOpportunity Ohio released new K-12 teacher salary data this morning.  Check out their website to search the database.  This information is especially important as many school districts are asking taxpayers for additional money in November.  Generally speaking, employee compensation accounts for about 80 percent of any district’s expenditures.  Also, keep in mind that most school employees only work about 180 days per year, whereas the normal work year consists of 260 days. PRESS RELEASE September […]

Opportunity Ohio Worker Freedom Report

Worker Freedom Graph.jpgThis week, Opportunity Ohio released its latest worker freedom report.  The report looks at private sector job growth from 1990 to the most recently available final jobs data (June 2013).  Here are some facts from the report: Ohio’s private sector has only grown by 8 percent in the last 23.5 years. Ohio has experienced the 5th worst job growth among the states since 1990. The average worker freedom state grew 42 percent since 1990, while […]