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Hi Advocate,

Yesterday, Gayle mentioned in her email yesterday that Advocates for Ohio's Future held a news conference to highlight the need to prioritize any new revenue for the safety net. If you'd like to view video and media coverage of the event, click here.

While Ohioans debate the best way to create jobs, the painful truth is that poverty in Ohio is growing – too many children, seniors, people with disabilities and families are vulnerable and insecure.

Just take a look at these statewide stats from the 2010 Ohio Family Health Survey:

More sobering data can be found in the Ohio Poverty Report (Ohio Department of Development).

As poverty grows in Ohio, we need to maintain vital services that meet people's basic needs.

Find out the poverty numbers for your county and call your senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chris Widener (614-466-3780) today. We need more voters, like you, to help us send a message:

Poverty is growing in Ohio. We must not leave our vulnerable neighbors in your city behind. If additional revenue is found, I urge you and your colleagues in the Senate to prioritize investing additional revenue in health, human service and early care & education services. We must maintain vital public services at a level that meets people's basic needs and protects the most vulnerable in our community.

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Will Petrik, Outreach Director

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