EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 4.5%: The unemployment rate in Ohio has declined from 7.0% to 4.5% since 1993. 631,800 New Jobs: 631,800 new jobs have been created in Ohio since 1993 -- an average of 98,462 per year, compared to an average of 27,025 jobs per year during the previous administration. 599,400 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 599,400 new private sector jobs have been created-an average of 93,413 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 18,175 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 34,300 New Manufacturing Jobs: 34,300 manufacturing jobs have been created in Ohio since 1993 -- an average of 5,345 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 19,425 manufacturing jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 46,700 New Construction Jobs: 46,700 construction jobs have been created in Ohio since 1993 -- an average of 7,278 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 1,750 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 13.3% in 1997. In Ohio, the poverty rate has fallen from 13.0% in 1993 to 11.0% in 1997--down 2.0% under President Clinton. [Census Bureau] 441,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 192,000 Ohio workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 249,000 more received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 1,148,000 families in Ohio. Highest Home Ownership Ever for Ohio: Home ownership in Ohio has increased from 67% to 71.4% since the fourth quarter of 1993 and is now the highest on record. Home Building Up 3.3%: Home building has increased by an average of 3.3% per year since 1993, after falling over 1.4% per year during the previous administration. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Ohio this year.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Over 36,000 Children in Head Start: Over 36,000 Ohio children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Ohio will receive $177.7 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $67.3 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Ohio's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Ohio receives $46 million in 1999 to hire about 1,186 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Ohio would receive $52 million in FY00 to support a total of 1,401 teachers. Nearly $18.5 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Ohio receives nearly $18.5 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $16.6 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Ohio receives $16.6 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Ohio's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Ohio received $57.3 million in E-rate discounts. $304.6 Million for Students Most in Need: Ohio will receive $304.6 million in Title I grants providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of $5.2 million over FY98 funding. 138,100 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Ohio will receive $250 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 138,100 Ohio students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Ohio will receive $36.5 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Ohio students work their way through college. Nearly 4,000 Have Served in Ohio through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 3,878 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Ohio's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 216,000 students in Ohio will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 263,000 students in Ohio will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY-2000 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Ohio's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Ohio will receive $31.4 million in 1999 to help 18,580 of Ohio's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Violent Crime Falls 16% in Ohio: Since 1992, serious crime in Ohio has fallen 16%. In Ohio's cities, between 1992 and 1997, serious crime, as indicated by the crime index, has declined 13% in Cleveland, 16% in Dayton and 6% in Toledo. In addition, murder has also declined 51% in Cleveland, 26% in Columbus, 40% in Dayton and 42% in Toledo. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] Juvenile Arrests Down in Ohio: Ohio's juvenile violent crime arrests have decreased 26% between 1992 and 1997, with Ohio's juvenile murder arrests dropping 51 %. [FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 1992 and 1997] 3,274 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 3,274 new police officers to date in communities across Ohio. [through 7/99] Cleveland Will Receive Targeted Funding to Hire More Community Police: Cleveland was selected as a pilot city for the President's new effort to target high crime neighborhoods. The pilot program will provide full funding for new officers by waiving the usual matching requirements. Cleveland will deploy new officers to help meet the unique needs of its community, such as combating gangs or targeting drug "hot spots." Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Ohio, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Cleveland, Dayton, Lancaster, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown. The Administration had previously awarded grants to a number of Ohio communities including: Akron, Chillicothe, St. Clairsville, Unrichville, Batavia, Canton, Columbus, Hamilton, Sandusky and Warren. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. Nearly $7 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Ohio received $6.8 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. $2.4 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Ohio received approximately $2.4 million in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $412,000 increase over last year. President Clinton's FY99 budget proposal increases HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to over $2.4 million. $17.1 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Ohio's Schools: Ohio receives $17.1 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING OHIOANS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
438,032 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 438,032 fewer people on welfare in Ohio now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a decrease of 61%. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 73%: Child support collections have increased by $486 million-or 73% -- in Ohio since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Ohio: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 14% in Ohio. $11.0 Million for Ohio Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, $11.0 million in competitive grants were awarded to Ohio localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Columbus, Youngstown, Newark, Zanesville, Bucyrus, and Washington County have received a total of $4.5 million this year to fund innovative transit projects.
INVESTING IN OHIO'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Ohio the balanced budget provided $115.7 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 147,300 children in Ohio. Helping Over 250,000 Ohio Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Ohio received $121.8 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 250,550 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 2,600 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC,by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Ohio in 1997, 97% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 90% received the vaccine for polio; 89% received the vaccine for measles, and 95% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $41.4 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Ohio communities received $41.4 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 45% in Ohio: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 45% in Ohio by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 184,900 of Ohio's youth will be kept from smoking and 59,200 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 5,960,000 Americans in Ohio Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Ohio enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 5,960,000 people in Ohio cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 2,940,000 Ohio women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
13 Toxic Waste Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed 13 Superfund toxic waste clean-ups in Ohio. The sites are located in Byesville, Hannibal, Gnadenhutten, Kingsville, Coshocton, Ironton, Jefferson, Dayton, Deerfield, Minerva, Reading, Zanesville, and Troy [through 6/99]. Only 6 sites were cleaned up during the previous twelve years combined. $26.8 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Ohio will receive $23.9 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Ohio will receive $2.8 million in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Revitalizing Brownfields Projects in Ohio: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to communities in Ohio-Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton, Springfield, Toledo, Lima, Southern Ohio Port Authority, Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), and Youngstown, Campbell and Struthers-for economic revitalization. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Ohio's Communities: Cleveland was designated an Enterprise Community in December, 1994 , and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for city residents. It was later declared a Supplemental Empowerment Zone, and was awarded $177 million for similar efforts. Additionally, Akron, Columbus, and Greater Portsmouth were all designated Enterprise Communities, and were awarded $3 million to create economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Ironton were designated New Urban Empowerment Zones. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 6,400 To 7,700 New Affordable Housing Units in Ohio Over the Next 5 Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Ohio alone, this proposal would mean an additional 6,400 - 7,700 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years. Helping Rural Ohio Families: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $1.3 billion in Ohio for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$128 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Ohio has received $128 million in disaster relief. This includes $41 million for severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in 1998, and $12.4 million in assistance to recover from severe flooding that occurred in January of 1996. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $3.8 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Ohio has received $3.84 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $23.2 million for emergency relief in response to disasters and $400,000 for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 161,546 jobs. [through FY98] Over $236 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Ohio received over $236 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. $734 Million in Transit Funds: The Federal Transit Administration has provided $734 million in funding since 1993 to support mass transportation in Ohio. Special projects include: $3.2 million and $7.6 million, respectively, for Livable Communities projects in Cleveland and Columbus. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 198 lives and over $15.7 million of property in Ohio.
Last Updated August 1999