In The Des Moines Register, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Iowans for Tax Relief’s John Hendrickson urge Iowa policymakers to conduct an audit of the state’s Medicaid program, writing, “A cursory review of the Iowa state budget shows health services and Medicaid to be the second-largest line item. That alone suggests a program audit is in order to ensure every dollar is spent wisely — and that resources are used to help people who truly need Medicaid services.”
As lawmakers begin debating Ohio’s biennial budget, Buckeye’s economist, Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., looks at the differences between the Office of Budget and Management’s and the Legislative Service Commission’s tax collection estimates, writing, “In general, OBM expects Ohio’s collection of tax dollars to grow faster than LSC, implying that OBM is painting too rosy of a picture, which will hurt Ohioans if spending cuts have to be made or taxes increased later.”
Kathy Uradnik shares why she is fighting to end forced exclusive representation, writing, “Joining a union, just like joining a political party or a religious group, should be an individual’s free choice. Not joining a union, and not being ascribed its views, should be my free choice, but it isn’t. That’s why I’m fighting to change the law.”
In striking the right balance between taxes and necessary infrastructure, policymakers should not make Ohioans pay more in taxes than they already do today. Reprioritize state spending. Reduce taxes elsewhere. Rethink government waste. Those are the alternatives to a straight-up gas tax hike that must be seriously weighed and considered. President Obhof and the Ohio Senate are right to resist taking the easy road and should continue taking the high road in this debate, fighting for Ohio families instead.
As Ohio policymakers begin to debate the state’s biennial budget, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at principles for sound fiscal policy, writing, “Gov. DeWine’s new administration inherits a financially healthier Ohio than his predecessor, but he and the General Assembly must continue building upon the fiscal discipline that has helped the state recover from the Great Recession by putting taxpayer needs first, saving and spending for tomorrow, and always remembering that the money Columbus has jingling in its pockets really belongs to the hardworking people of Ohio.”
The Buckeye Institute's Greg Lawson reacts to proposals to undo important consumer reforms in the electricity market, writing, "When electricity companies compete for business it encourages innovation and lowers prices. It also means that the companies — not customers — pay for projects that don’t pan out. Proposals from American Electric Power to develop solar power plants under a monopoly system undermine the reforms that have lowered energy costs for so many Ohioans."
In the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Daniel Dew looks at Issue 1 and criminal sentencing, writing, “Issue 1 may have died at the polls in November, but the spirit of sentencing and criminal justice reform is alive and well in the Ohio statehouse. Although some reform minded advocates rightly may have worried that Issue 1’s defeat would make criminal justice issues a political and legislative non-starter for years to come, Ohio legislators seem poised to take up criminal justice reform almost immediately in the coming session.”
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Another year has come and gone and it is time to celebrate National School Choice Week again! This is a week when we celebrate and raise awareness about helping parents find the best education setting that is right for their children based upon their own unique, individual needs.
Time to Put Out the Welcome Mat for Military Families and Reform Occupational Licensing Requirements
Not many people understand the sacrifices military families make for our country. Not only do our service men and women put their lives at risk to protect us, but their families are asked to make sacrifices too—including packing up their entire life and moving when a spouse is transferred to another state. And when military families are transferred to Ohio, they should be greeted with a welcome mat, not burdened with bureaucracy and government red tape.