What crime victims think about criminal justice reform

by Bryanna Austin August 24, 2016

Policy wonks and policymakers have a lot of opinions on criminal justice reform. And as Ohio pursues changes to its criminal code, both should listen to an important group of stakeholders not often heard: the victims of crime.

10 things the National Education Association supports that have nothing to do with education

by Greg R. Lawson August 18, 2016

The NEA doesn’t stand for Nuclear Education Association. And yet, supporting a nuclear freeze is one of many issues backed by the national union that has nothing to do with the betterment of teachers professionally. Its members should have the freedom to choose otherwise.

What National Employee Freedom Week means for Ohio workers

by Greg R. Lawson August 16, 2016

Should people be forced, against their will, to reach into their own pockets and give money to a cause with which they disagree? This is a question that thousands of union members in Ohio are confronted with every year. And their ability to make this decision is severely restricted.

Occupational licensing restrictions getting federal attention

by Bryanna Austin August 12, 2016

Cumbersome barriers and bureaucracy associated with occupational licensing are now being scrutinized at the federal level.

Taxpayers wronged by Wright State

by Greg R. Lawson August 11, 2016

The Buckeye Institute believes in accountable government. That includes spending tax dollars on their specified purpose. Along those lines, recent actions – or inactions for that matter – by Wright State are wrong.

Let customers choose their energy provider, not government

by Greg R. Lawson July 28, 2016

When renewable energy is fully ready for primetime, it should not be artificially kept off the electrical grid just to prop up older technology. However, neither should it be forced on the grid to displace more reliable, cost-effective technology.

Free flow of information undercuts need for many regulations

by Greg R. Lawson July 26, 2016

A recent Forbes.com story articulates exactly why we need less, not more, government regulation. In particular, the author notes how taxicab regulations once made sense when consumers did not have adequate information about the quality and safety of prospective drivers.

The time for local governments to skinny up is now

by Greg R. Lawson July 18, 2016

The next biennial budget in Ohio has a billion-dollar hole in it thanks to the federal prohibition on a complex Medicaid financing scheme previously, and unwisely, embraced by Ohio. Local policymakers are also facing a fiscal challenge in light of this prohibition. 

Ohio’s Medicaid expansion: How to win when we lose

by Joe Nichols July 15, 2016

$1.136 billion: That’s the budget gap that Ohio policymakers must face in the upcoming state budget cycle. This fiscal train wreck is no surprise—in fact, The Buckeye Institute warned policymakers in 2013 that such deficits were bound to happen. Soon, Ohio taxpayers will be on the hook for higher taxes, receive fewer public services, and suffer from less infrastructure.

Government transparency grows in Ohio with online state budget

by Greg R. Lawson June 30, 2016

The Kasich Administration recently joined Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, and the Ohio Checkbook, at the forefront of public transparency.