Policy Briefs

Returning Health Care Power to the States

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Dennis G. Smith September 21, 2016

When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it transferred significant regulatory power from the states and placed the health insurance coverage of millions of Americans under the direct authority of the federal government.

Why Project Labor Agreement Reform is Needed

by Greg R. Lawson April 14, 2016

Last year, Ohio legislators scrutinized the harmful economic impacts of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Finding PLAs wasteful and inefficient, policymakers proposed including a serious reform measure in the biennial budget.

Watch the Pork: Focus State Dollars on Essential Government Services

by Greg R. Lawson April 04, 2016

Ohio’s capital budget process takes place every two years. The state’s new capital budget will be unveiled in April and many expect it to boast nearly $2 billion in appropriations. Unfortunately, many also estimate that approximately $150 million of that budget will be set aside to fund local pet projects—otherwise known as pork.

Buckeye Joins Comments to the EPA on Obama's Clean Power Plan with Competitive Enterprise Institute

January 21, 2016

We, the undersigned nonprofit public interest organizations, respectfully submit these comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) notice of proposed rulemaking concerning a Model Federal Implementation Plan for compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

Buckeye Joins Comments to the EPA on Obama's Clean Power Plan with Texas Public Policy Foundation

January 20, 2016

There are significant legal, technical, and policy deficiencies of the so-called “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) as finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on August 3, 2015 and published Friday, October 23, 2015.

State-Based Exchanges Have Been Costly Failures

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 24, 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Affordable Care Act case, King vs. Burwell, is imminent. Burwell will decide whether the federal government may continue to offer tax subsidies for health insurance plans purchased through federal health insurance “exchanges.”

Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs: Four Myths and Realities of the Proposed Severance Tax

by Joe Nichols May 13, 2015

Governor Kasich proposed an increase to Ohio’s severance tax on horizontal oil and gas drilling in his fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017 executive budget. This report briefly corrects four commonly held misconceptions about the impact of the severance tax proposal, in order to guide policymakers toward a better policy for Ohio’s economy.

Maine’s Welfare Reforms: Lessons for Lifting People Out of Poverty

by Greg R. Lawson March 04, 2015

In his recently released budget blueprint, Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed regulatory and programmatic changes designed to “help Ohioans move up and out of poverty” and into employability. 

Why Ending the Renewable Energy Mandate Is Good for Ohio Families and the Economy

by Joe Nichols January 29, 2015

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative recently reported that investment in Ohio’s renewable energy industry fell from a lofty $750 million in 2012 to a meager $100 million in 2013. 

More Must be Done for Real Municipal Income Tax Reform

by Greg R. Lawson November 06, 2014

Ohio has a tax problem. The state’s tax rates have been too high for too long. Fortunately, there have been efforts to cut these rates and Governor Kasich is taking a bold step in the direction of eventually abolishing the state income tax.