The Resurrection of Ohio’s Justice Reinvestment Act

by Daniel J. Dew February 22, 2017

Justice Reinvestment may finally be coming to Ohio. On February 22, 2017, Senators John Eklund (R-Munson Township) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced policies that take a huge step towards fulfilling the promises of Ohio’s 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act known as House Bill 86.

Half a billion below Expectations: Ohio’s Tax Collections Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. February 13, 2017

In 2016, Ohio’s tax collections were 2.5% short of the $20.2 billion expected tax revenues, and these numbers really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Quick Budget Reactions: Education

by Greg R. Lawson February 06, 2017

Overall, the Ohio Department of Education seeks a 1.2% and 1.4% budget increase in FY18 and FY19, respectively.  These are relatively modest overall increases and, taken as a whole, Gov. Kasich's education funding proposal is a welcome change from the past several budgets where spending increases significantly exceeded the rate of inflation.

Quick Budget Reactions: Medicaid

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 06, 2017

Medicaid remains the perennial Pac-Man of the state budget. Ohio continues to pick up additional financial burdens that will gobble up an increasing amount of state resources and crowd out other essential investments and priorities such as education and infrastructure.

Quick Budget Reactions: Municipal Income Tax

by Greg R. Lawson February 06, 2017

Among the bright spots of his proposed 2018-2019 biennial budget, Gov. Kasich tackles one of the state’s most pernicious problems--Ohio’s municipal income tax.

Quick Budget Reactions: Taxes

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. February 06, 2017

Gov. Kasich’s proposed FY 2018-2019 biennial budget advances several tax policy changes, which represent a sound general direction for policy.  However, government should not be in the business of penalizing nor rewarding select sectors, businesses, or industries—as happened with the Kasich Administration’s proposed severance tax increase and new taxes on the vaping industry.

Quick Budget Reactions: Spending

by Greg R. Lawson February 03, 2017

Historically, the General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget has received the lion’s share of attention during biennial budget debates; but to get the full fiscal picture, it is necessary to review overall spending which includes billions of dollars in non-GRF funds.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Budget Includes Key Criminal Justice Reforms

by Daniel J. Dew February 03, 2017

The budget proposal reflects a policy that The Buckeye Institute has promoted to bring a market-based approach to criminal justice reform. As Buckeye’s policy brief states, such a reform will increase public safety, ease crowding in Ohio’s prisons, and, eventually, save taxpayer dollars.

Kasich Should Tighten Education Spending in Upcoming Budget

by Greg R. Lawson January 27, 2017

Governor Kasich has warned that the biennial operating budget scheduled to be released next week will be very tight.  Mr. Kasich recently indicated that K-12 education funding would receive only a 1% increase in each of the next two fiscal years. 

Celebrate School Choice Week!

by Greg R. Lawson January 24, 2017

The Buckeye Institute was one of the first organizations in Ohio to argue for, and provide data defending, school choice in Ohio, and we are honored to celebrate School Choice Week.  It could not come at a better time for advocates for children, their parents, and meaningful education reform.