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Ohio has ways to go to improve tax policy

by Greg R. Lawson April 18, 2017

Now that it is springtime, even if we are fortunate to avoid another blast of cold weather, we are unable to avoid the only thing Benjamin Franklin said is as sure in this world as death: Taxes.

Don’t Kowtow to Special Interests on Infrastructure

by Joe Nichols April 05, 2017

As the old saying goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone,” and as residents of Flint, Michigan and Sebring, Ohio have learned recently, water infrastructure is a critical aspect of modern life that we too often take for granted.

Ohio House Takes Important Step to Save Consumers’ Money by Ending Renewable Energy Mandates

by Greg R. Lawson April 03, 2017

Last week, the Ohio House voted to eliminate Ohio’s Renewable Energy mandate. This is the right policy for Ohio. 

Give Locals Control on Prevailing Wage

by Greg R. Lawson March 30, 2017

The Buckeye Institute has long questioned Ohio’s prevailing wage law and suggested numerous ways the law could be improved. Simply put, prevailing wage mandates that government pay above market rates for labor on public construction projects. This means less construction in many communities, and fewer jobs.

Time to Repeal ObamaCare, Fix Medicaid

by Greg R. Lawson March 16, 2017

ObamaCare is failing.  Now it is up to Congress and the new Trump Administration to repeal it and embrace the kind of free market policies that will address massive costs and improve health care. 

“The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Economy”: A Response to Critics

by Joe Nichols March 15, 2017

The Economic Research Center recently released a policy report which revealed that Ohio’s RPS will slow economic growth and job creation. Not surprisingly, RPS advocates and special interests lobbyists challenged the Center's findings—albeit by ignoring the evidence and misrepresenting the report. We address several of those challenges and misrepresentations here.

New Year, New U.S. President and Ohio's Cool-Down Continues

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. March 07, 2017

Let’s start with the good news: it wasn’t the worst start for a January since the end of the Great Recession. Although Ohio lost 2100 jobs in January 2017, it was a better start than the 10,100 jobs that the state lost in January 2016.

Governor’s Local Government Fund Changes a Small, but Good Step

by Greg R. Lawson March 03, 2017

As The Buckeye Institute has highlighted over the years, this antiquated form of revenue sharing between Columbus and local governments, including the Local Government Fund (LGF) that is funded by state general revenues (GRF), allows local governments to be less accountable to their residents. 

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.