Government Transparency and Accountability
The cost and burden of government cannot continue to make Ohio among the worst states economically, so we must institute strong government reform and accountability measures. Elected officials and the people who run our state and local governments must be accountable for providing transparent, honest, and open government that works. Taxes and regulations – and the size of government – must be kept in check. We always will defend the small business owner and the individual over the bureaucrats and their unions.
The American civil justice system is premised on the ability of injured plaintiffs to recover damages from the parties whose actions caused their injuries. In the context of asbestos liability, this enduring concept has been undermined. In many states, courts are clogged with asbestos-related suits, companies are paying for non-existent injuries, and truly sick plaintiffs may be left with nothing to recover in the future. This Policy Brief describes how this took place and what Ohio is doing to improve the situation in terms of transparency and fairness.
This Policy Brief shows how the Obama Administration's auto bailout injected politics into the reorganization process for GM and Chrysler while inhibiting the industry's long-term ability to fully recover.
This Policy Brief shows clearly that states that spend beyond their means do not prosper. Instead, states that foster pro—growth public policies and restrain spending are best able to promote growth. Few measures better demonstrate the relationship between government spending and private sector growth than state and local spending burdens.
The Buckeye Institute offered testimony before a House committee on the benefits of continuing to embrace technological change as a way to make state government more efficient and better serve taxpayers. In particular, it is suggested that the Department of Administrative Services redouble its focus on the consolidation of back room IT needs, that when at all possible, IT work should be outsourced to private sector companies that have the appropriate skill sets to achieve high value, and that Ohio consider implementing a state IT usage audit in order to gauge the productivity of state workers.