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Testimony

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Senate State & Local Government Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 15

by Daniel J. Dew May 25, 2016

As the Concurrent Resolution rightly acknowledges, the Constitution of the United States created a federal government of limited and enumerated powers, enshrining within its Articles and first ten Amendments the principles of federalism and the separation of powers.

Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Grace Commission

by Greg R. Lawson April 21, 2016

Governor Kasich and the General Assembly deserve credit for finding ways to slow government spending. Much of the current budget provides for flat funding or just a slight increase in appropriations for many state agencies. This is a positive step.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Finance Committee on House Bill 130

by Greg R. Lawson April 20, 2016

Recognizing the need for and challenges of providing more fiscal transparency, The Buckeye Institute developed its own searchable database for tracking state spending on salaries for state employees, K-12 teachers, 4-year Higher Education, and select local government employees.

Testimony Submitted to the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission

by Greg R. Lawson February 24, 2016

Every tax expenditure is really just an exception to the tax code that narrows the tax base. The narrower the tax base the higher and more confiscatory taxes become for those still subject to the tax.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House State Government Committee on Amended Senate Bill 152

by Greg R. Lawson February 03, 2016

Residency requirements are fundamentally unfair to workers across the state. Ohio’s economy is best served by a rising tide that will lift all boats. Residency requirements are inherently protectionist and can easily lead to a lack of employment for those that are qualified and willing to work.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee on House Bill 384

by Greg R. Lawson January 19, 2016

Eventually, we will need to address the perverse economic incentives in the student loan system itself—incentives embedded in virtually all government subsidized sectors. But every journey begins with a first step, and allowing the Auditor of State to look for savings and efficiencies that might help lower the price of Ohio’s higher education is a good one.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee on Senate Bill 213

by Greg R. Lawson December 09, 2015

Senate Bill 213 and reforming Ohio’s occupational licensing laws will help remove at least some of the obstacles faced by the state’s workforce. More reforms are needed, of course, but the fewer hurdles there are to clear, the faster Ohio—and her hair dressers— can pursue prosperity and success.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on House Bill 349

by Joe Nichols December 08, 2015

Higher energy prices will make Ohio less attractive to new companies, and existing Ohio businesses will find it harder to grow and harder to survive. Higher costs and slower corporate growth ultimately put Ohio jobs at risk.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 347

by Greg R. Lawson November 10, 2015

A cornerstone of a prosperous state is the robust defense of private property and due process rights. Without such rights, the free market does not function and will not remain free for long.

A Biennial Approach to Better Budgeting: Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget

by William G. Batchelder III November 04, 2015

Biennial budgets are not new, and they have withstood the test of time. Ohio has had biennial budgeting since the early 1900s. We are now a full time legislature, and not having annual budgeting means that we can devote a whole year to the priorities and concerns of Ohio citizens.

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