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Ohio tax revenues: Good news for state budget talks

Logan Kolas January 11, 2021

In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute’s Logan Kolas looks at how Ohio can build on a relatively successful economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming budget, writing, “Ohio has a chance to build on a relatively successful economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive budget should take it. As he sets spending priorities for the next two years, DeWine should limit proposed spending increases, cut unnecessary spending, and strategically use the state’s rainy day fund to keep Ohio on a prosperous, sustainable fiscal path.”

IRS Payment Problems Demonstrate Why Agency Should Stay in its Lane

Greg R. Lawson January 07, 2021

In a new blog post, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson points out that the failures of the IRS to smoothly send out the second round of economic stimulus payments raises serious questions about the agency’s ability to successfully implement a “free” online tax filing system and pre-prepare tax returns for Americans as some have unwisely proposed.

A More Just Way of Dealing with Drugs and Those They Harm

Robert Alt December 17, 2020

In a piece for Cleveland‑Marshall College of Law’s Your Witness forum, The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt urges that the reform of Ohio’s drug laws in Senate Bill 3 will give hope to those suffering from addiction and punish those who are truly responsible. Alt writes, “These welcome reforms address an ongoing crisis that Ohio has neglected for too long… We have already lost too many Ohioans. We can do better.”

All We Want for Christmas is an End to Subsidies

Greg R. Lawson December 10, 2020

In a new blog, The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson urged the Ohio General Assembly to end all taxpayer-funded subsidies, writing, “In the wake of the scandal surrounding the passage of House Bill 6, the Ohio General Assembly is now considering delaying the new charges, which were imposed to subsidize several nuclear and coal power plants in Ohio and Indiana. However, Ohioans deserve more than a delay, they deserve an end to taxpayer-funded subsidies, entirely.”

Revisit how cities are being funded

Jay R. Carson December 07, 2020

In the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator, The Buckeye Institute responds to the concerns of city officials who worry about losing the ability to impose income taxes on nonresidents’ income. Jay R. Carson, senior litigator at Buckeye’s Legal Center, writes, “Adequately funding our cities through the pandemic and beyond should be a priority for lawmakers, but the U.S. and Ohio constitutions both recognize that no matter how important or worthwhile a governmental goal is, the means that the government uses to achieve it must comport with due process.”

Lawmakers should fix Ohio’s drug sentencing laws

Andrew J. Geisler November 22, 2020

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye's Andrew Geisler urges Ohio lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 3, writing, “For too long, Ohio has relied mistakenly on the criminal corrections system to house and care for those struggling with drug addiction — spending on average $26,000 per inmate, per year. The state imposes overly broad criminal sanctions that prove far less effective at curbing drug abuse and low-level drug crime recidivism than facilitating targeted treatment programs clinically designed to rehabilitate drug users and nonviolent offenders. Senate Bill 3 corrects that mistake.”

Ohio can lead by example on telehealth

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. November 17, 2020

At The Center Square, Buckeye’s James Woodward demonstrates why it is time for Ohio to permanently expand access to telehealth, which is included in House Bill 679. Woodward writes, “The Ohio House has passed important, needed legislation that will benefit the state’s patients and health care systems. The Senate should do likewise and avoid adding provisions that might hobble telehealth’s value and effectiveness. Ohio is on the verge of taking the national lead in smart telehealth policy and making medical care safer and more convenient for all. Now is the time.”

Lawmakers Can Leave a Legacy of Increased Job Opportunity in Ohio

Greg R. Lawson November 16, 2020

Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at one priority for Ohio’s lame-duck session—universal occupational licensing recognition, writing, “The Ohio General Assembly has returned to Columbus for its lame-duck legislative session. And with visions of legacies dancing in legislators’ heads, now is the right time for lawmakers to adopt universal occupational licensing recognition and reduce or eliminate existing licensing restrictions that make it harder for people to start new careers.”

Telehealth vital in pandemic

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. November 02, 2020

In The Blade, Buckeye’s James Woodward looks at the need to expand telehealth, writing, “The Blade’s recent editorial on telehealth…gets it right. Telemedicine will be ‘a critical component in the future of health care.’… As we have witnessed throughout the pandemic, there is now widespread agreement among patients, care providers, and lawmakers that telehealth offers patients safe, effective, and efficient options in health care, and the time has come to adjust the rules that govern it.”

How Colleges’ Spending Practices Often Shortchange or Defy Alumni Donors’ Intent

Robert Alt and Cully Stimson October 28, 2020

At The Daily Signal, Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, and Cully Stimson, with The Heritage Foundation, look at how “too many colleges and universities have created environments in which hidden management fees, poor rates of return, and a callous disregard for donor intent are common and have eroded the trust and philanthropic goodwill of some of America’s most generous patrons.”