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Zach Schiller - Research Director, Policy Matters Ohio

Friday March 5, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

The numbers are numbing.

Ohio state revenues in the fourth quarter of 2009 were down about 11 percent from revenues two years before. During 2009-10, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act covered about 30-40% of most states' budget shortfalls. But it will cover only 20% of projected shortfalls in 2011, and then is scheduled to expire. In the current recession, state revenues in general have fared far worse than the economy as a whole, and they are not projected to recover anytime soon. Meanwhile, during a recession, needs for state services only increase.

During most recessions, states have raised taxes substantially in order to balance their budgets. That has happened somewhat, but not as much as usual it appears, across the country this time. Ohio is no exception. So, given a menu of really bad choices, is the answer to raise taxes? If so, on whom and how much?

That should be a topic for a good talk and some good discussion. If you are interested, a good report on state fiscal circumstances across the nation is available at

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guests

Zach Schiller is research director at Policy Matters Ohio. Prior to coming to Policy Matters in 2001, Zach had more than two decades of experience researching and writing about the Ohio economy as a business reporter for The Plain Dealer and Business Week. His education includes a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. For Policy Matters, Zach has written about foreclosures, economic development, job growth, unemployment insurance, tax policy and other issues. He is a member of the board of managers of the Ohio Poverty Law Center.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

March 12: Spring Break, No Discussion

March 19: TBA

March 26: Observations in Beirut. With Bill Marling, Professor of English.

April 2: Abortion, Health Care Reform, and the Moral Dimensions of Political Compromise. With Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland.

April 9: Business and Sustainability. With Roger Saillant, Ph.D. Executive Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Values, Weatherhead School of Business.

April 16: : Does Environmental Responsibility Mean the Elderly Should Accept “Natural” Deaths? With Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Professor of Philosophy, Brown University.

April 23: Science in the Courts. With Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor, University of Texas School of Law.

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall. Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made. On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion.

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building. The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch. On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

Educating Students and the Public in News Literacy, Analyzing and Understanding Today's Media in the Light of the Big Changes in Traditional Journalism

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7 p.m., Garden Room at the Cleveland Botanical Garden,11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, Free and Open to the Public

Howard Schneider is the founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, spearheading the team that developed the proposal for the new School of Journalism. For more than 35 years. Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday. For nearly 18 of those years, he was managing editor and then editor.

Under his tenure, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes in categories including investigative reporting deadline reporting, arts criticism, specialized beat reporting and foreign affairs reporting. Under his leadership, Newsday was among the first newspapers in the country to create news Web sites; he also led efforts to introduce TV and radio into what had been an all-print newsroom.

Schneider began his teaching career at Stony Brook as an adjunct professor of journalism from 1980-1982. Previously, he had been an adjunct professor of journalism at Queens College in 1979. In 2003 Schneider was the recipient of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumnus Award (M.S.'67). He earned his B.A. at Syracuse University in psychology and journalism ('66). He has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize judging panel three times. He also serves on the Science Journalism Advisory Board of the Woods Hole Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

The lecture series is coordinated by Charles Michener, lecturer and former editor at Newsweek and The New Yorker. Visit the English department Web site for more information:

The Economic Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education

A lecture by James Heckman, Ph.D. Winner of the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Ford Auditorium

Co-sponsored by: The CWRU Schubert Center for Childhood Development and the George Gund Foundation ~ groundWork ~ Invest in Children ~ Voices for Ohio’s Children. Ford Auditorium is located within the Allen Memorial Medical Library, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road. Parking is available across the street in the parking garage beneath Severance Hall (accessed via East Blvd.) or in the visitors' parking along Adelbert. Registration is required for this event.

The Exceptional Economies of the Middle East

Raid al Khouri - Senior Economist, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan; Dean of the Business School, Lebanese French University, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

Tuesday March 23, 2010 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center Case Western Reserve University. This program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin

In the United States, discussion of the Middle East tends to focus on conflict among states, or the Israel/Palestine issue, or “democratization” or its absence; and interest in economics is usually confined to the price of oil. But for people who live in the region, how they can make a living and the linkages between politics and economics are central concerns.

Economic development involves much more than the price or control of oil, which is only a major economic factor in some countries. In forty years of work with organizations ranging from the International Labor Organization to the World Bank, and from the Carnegie Institution Middle East Center to the World Intellectual Property Organization, Riad al Khouri has studied a remarkable array of topics. They include European and U.S. trade agreements with nations in the region; trade among many of the countries in the region; labor markets and migration; industrial development; transport; intellectual property; as well as analyses of political dynamics such as the future of democracy in Lebanon.

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