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DeMora dead wrong. 'Ohio does very well' by its public school districts, teachers.

Greg R. Lawson February 19, 2024

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute outlines how much taxpayer dollars Ohio spends on its public school districts and calls on lawmakers to make a greater commitment to other education providers. “Ohio does very well by its public school districts. Now, it needs to do well by other education providers and their students too.”

New PILOT Assumptions Still Flawed

Trevor W. Lewis February 12, 2024

Knox County needs property tax revenues today to help close its $950,000 budget deficit. Granting the solar farm its PILOT tax breaks will maintain that deficit and ensure that the county’s property taxpayers ultimately pay more in the future. Knox County officials should at the very least critically consider the fatal flaws in this latest analysis and act based upon realistic projections and sound calculations that account for the realities of inflation.

'Costly’ ESG standards, climate policies will ultimately reduce food and energy supplies: report

February 07, 2024

Fox Business featured a new report by The Buckeye Institute, Net-Zero Climate-Control Policies Will Fail the Farm. “The report … outlines how farmers will see their operational costs rise by an estimated 34% as a result of net-zero ESG policies. While the report states its findings were ‘predictable and unsurprising,’ it added that U.S. policymakers seem ‘unwilling to address or even acknowledge them.’”

Trek Brewing owner sues Treasury Department, challenging federal ban on home distilling

February 01, 2024

The Buckeye Institute’s newest client, John Ream, and his case to overturn the federal ban on home distilling is featured in The Newark Advocate. “What would a victory for the Reams mean? ‘It would be big for our client,’ Alt said. ‘So, he could experiment with home distilling. And it would establish a larger principle: There are limits to Congressional authority. It would have national implications.’”

Chevron Deference Is a Case of Too Much Judicial Restraint

Andrew M. Grossman and David B. Rivkin Jr. January 17, 2024

In The Wall Street Journal, The Buckeye Institute’s senior legal fellow Andrew M. Grossman argues that now is the time for the Supreme Court of the United States to end the misguided doctrine of Chevron deference, through which the courts defer to federal agencies’ interpretation of “ambiguous” statutes. Buckeye filed an amicus brief in support of federal courts reclaiming their proper role as interpreter of laws—ambiguous or otherwise.

Kansas must improve its tax policies or risk economy falling behind regional peers

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Ganon Evans December 29, 2023

In The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Buckeye Institute and Kansas Policy Institute highlight the findings of a joint report, writing, “If Kansas does nothing to improve its tax policies, its economy will languish and fall further behind its regional peers. Kansas learned an important lesson from the failed ‘Kansas Experiment.’ And it is time for state policymakers to acknowledge it and move on.”

Highway to the Danger Zone? PILOT Program Set to Shortchange Taxpayers

Trevor W. Lewis and Zachary D. Cady December 14, 2023

Responding to The Buckeye Institute’s economic concerns regarding low statutory limits placed on a “green energy” PILOT program, Open Road Renewables has asserted that Frasier Solar’s PILOT is a “clear winner” for Knox County. To address these concerns, Buckeye modeled additional scenarios. Doing so only further supports the original conclusion that the PILOT program is not a “clear winner” for Knox County and that its commissioners should be mindful of the program’s short- and long-term tradeoffs.

Sustaining Ohio’s Regulatory Reform Success

Rea S. Hederman Jr. December 12, 2023

Ohio has become a model of regulatory reform, winning victory after victory against outdated, bureaucratic red tape that makes it harder for businesses to operate and workers to find jobs. Senate Bill 9 requires Ohio to reduce its regulations by 30 percent by 2025, and Senate Bill 131 recognizes out-of-state occupational licenses. These are solid wins championed by The Buckeye Institute, but this is no time for the state to rest on its laurels. 

Is #GivingTuesday a coordinated scam? Also, Buckeye brings sexy back...

November 28, 2023

Why is every charity I've ever heard of "coincidentally" emailing today asking for money when I'm still savoring a few last turkey/cranberry/mayo sandwiches? If you don’t like mayo on turkey with cranberry sauce, kindly excuse yourself into the other room please—we have no time for that kind of intolerance in this household...

Buckeye Research Casts Doubt on Value of Knox County’s Solar Deal for Taxpayers

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Trevor W. Lewis November 21, 2023

Frasier Solar has promised Knox County residents that local schools and townships will receive more than a million dollars per year if the county declines to collect property taxes from Frasier’s solar farms. Given the size of the windfall, Knox County is eager to waive Frasier Solar’s property tax bill. However, an analysis by The Buckeye Institute shows that Ohio’s statutory maximum rates for such “payment-in-lieu-of-taxes” (PILOT) deals may well be too low for such a deal to make sense for the county’s taxpayers.