Policy Matters Ohio Seeks Higher Taxes, Bigger Government
Whatever problem they are presented with, researchers at Policy Matters Ohio invariably conclude higher taxes, more bureaucracy, and increased government spending are what Ohio needs. A review of recent Policy Matters Ohio research shows that the money poured into the group by unions and left-wing charities has not gone to waste.
In a policy paper released this May, “Updating the Social Contract,” Policy Matters Ohio praised Obama’s budget-busting health law, decried “income inequality,” and demanded increased government spending on a laundry list of redistributive programs.
“Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Assistance and unemployment insurance do an enormous amount to stabilize communities, meet medical needs, assist middle class families and raise people out of poverty. Other programs also help, although more sporadically. But these programs are too restrictive in eligibility and too many are left behind,” Policy Matters concluded.
Policy Matters Ohio frequently calls for additional union bailouts, with the message repeated in monthly “JobWatch” releases produced in conjunction with the union-funded Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
“Ohio could have improved its job outlook by maintaining public jobs. These jobs not only represent continued employment but also continued public services, keeping our neighborhoods safe and our communities healthy. Local public jobs have been hard hit since the recession ended. If Ohio had kept local public workers employed after the 2007 recession, more than 24,000 Ohioans would still be on the job,” Policy Matters wrote in the May 2012 JobWatch release.
“While todays report is good news for the state, one thing is clear: Ohio remains a long way from robust recovery. We need increased investment to restore our communities and grow good jobs,” Policy Matters wrote in the June JobWatch release.
In the July edition of JobWatch, Policy Matters wrote, “Our state budget built on local austerity has undercut local public jobs, creating a drag on our recovery and eviscerating local services. We need increased investment, not austerity, to restore our communities and grow good jobs.”
Also in July, Policy Matters supported Governor Kasich’s proposed tax increase on oil and gas drilling but argued with Kasich’s redistribution method. “The production of oil and gas depleted forever from the land should be taxed and reinvested in the long-term interest of the people of the state,” Policy Matters wrote.
By the logic Policy Matters writers employ, tax cuts allowing Ohioans to keep more of their income are bad for the state but tax hikes used to dump more money into government are always beneficial.
As the unions who fund Policy Matters force public employee layoffs with unsustainable contract demands, Policy Matters lobbies for increased government spending. With uncompetitive tax rates in the state and exploding deficits in Washington, Policy Matters Ohio uses liberal foundation grants to promote higher taxes on the wealthy and more costly entitlement programs for everyone else.