Economic Freedom and Competitiveness
We firmly believe that the future of Ohio depends on increasing economic freedom and competitiveness in all parts of our economy. We believe government must provide a fair and level-playing field where everyone is equal before the law, not doling out special favors to insiders, subsidizing those with the best lobbyists, or protecting certain industries from competition and innovation.
February 12, 2014- Interested Party Testimony to the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Commission: Greg Lawson testified to repeal Ohio's Alternatiive Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) on the premise that government mandates on energy are misguided and they "merely prop up non-competitive energy sources and supplies, and do not serve the recovering economy or Ohio energy consumers well".
This two page Policy Brief pulls the most relevant data points from our recent Right to Work report in order to show that Ohio's economic climate has long been harmed by an anti-competitive labor market that forces workers into unions and increases the costs of doing business. It argues that economic freedom will help Ohio to grow at a much higher pace than it has in recent decades and is an important piece of a pro-growth agenda that can put Ohio back in the front of the pack of states when it comes to economic health.
The typical Ohioan today would have a higher income and standard of living if the Buckeye State had matched the nation in its rate of economic growth in recent decades. However, it did not, and due largely to an unattractive labor climate in the state for business investments and workers wishing to work. This report outlines how a right to work law would lead to an improved labor environment that guarantees workers the freedom to join, or not join, labor unions as they so choose.