In The Columbus Dispatch, Brianna McKinnon, a special-education teacher and a military spouse whose family is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, urges the Ohio General Assembly to adopt the policies in Senate Bill 7, writing, “Ohio should no longer ask its military families to make yet another sacrifice in service to the country. The Air Force asks its men and women in uniform to “Aim High,” and the Army once challenged young recruits to “Be All You Can Be.” Ohio should not stand in the way of military spouses heeding that advice and accepting that challenge at home or at work.”
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at how Ohio policymakers need to adapt and find new strategies to fight the opioid crisis, writing, “Even as high-profile trials for prior misconduct dominate news headlines, civic leaders and policymakers should focus less on assigning blame for the past and more on winning victories and limiting casualties in the future.”
Robert Alt, Buckeye’s president and chief executive officer, talks to Tyler Olson of FoxNews.com about Buckeye’s legal fight to immediately end laws that force public-sector employees to accept union representation. In the article, Olson writes, “In the wake of a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that public-sector unions cannot force non-members to pay a fee for workplace representation, a new challenge to union power is taking shape.”
"Sometimes good public policy needs to be protected in the court of law. And through the work of The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, our lawyers are defending worker freedom, protecting people’s rights, and upholding the U.S. Constitution," writes Buckeye's Lisa Gates in a blog looking at the Institute's work to are prevent government overreach in people’s lives, defend free speech from those seeking to silence diverse opinions, and its support of allies in the fight for freedom and liberty.
In The Clermont Sun, The Buckeye Institute’s Greg Lawson looks at the experiences of Amelia and Newtonsville, Ohio as examples of why Ohio’s communities need to consider local government reform, writing, “Add Amelia and Newtonsville, Ohio, two tiny Clermont County villages, to the growing list of exhibits in the case against Ohio’s failing local government structure. The financial picture in both municipalities is so bleak, in fact, that residents of both communities will take to the polls on November 5 to decide whether to dissolve the municipal villages.”
Robert Alt, Buckeye’s president and chief executive officer, joined CATO’s Caleb O. Brown for a discussion on state‐level criminal justice reform and Alt’s white paper, Criminal Justice Reform: A Survey of 2018 State Laws, which he authored for the Federalist Society and offers an overview of recent state-level criminal law reforms.
The distance between a worker and that next, better-paying job just got shorter. Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted recently announced Ohio’s new TechCred program, which offers financial assistance to businesses that help their employees earn short-term degrees or job certificates, commonly referred to as micro-credentials. TechCred, along with the policies in House Bill 2—which would help individuals cover their costs of earning a micro-credential—will enable workers to quickly get the skills they need to be eligible for promotion and, as research shows, earn more money.
In The Hill, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at efforts to “remove choice and flexibility from health care and state health insurance markets,” writing, “Opponents of the new guidance appear to be against innovation, flexibility, savings, and more affordable health insurance plans. They want to use the Congressional Review Act — a law that allows Congress to repeal executive rules — to retract the new rules and return to the cookie-cutter, Obama-era guidance that had made health insurance under the ACA unaffordable. Such a retreat would be a mistake.”
As the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee examines Ohio’s burdensome occupational licensing requirements, Buckeye’s Andrew Kidd—an economist and aspiring licensed super-tough person—previews a forthcoming report that will outline licenses that Ohio can eliminate and ones that should have the number of training hours reduced. In our research, Buckeye has already identified a Top Five list of licenses that can be eliminated.
In the Akron Beacon Journal, Buckeye’s Daniel Dew and the ACLU of Ohio’s Jocelyn Rosnick look at the need for drug sentencing reform, writing, “Experience and a growing body of research show that hefty mandatory prison sentences do not have the deterrent effect on drug use that was once presumed. A call for life-saving treatment for people struggling with addiction combined with close supervision within their communities is slowly replacing the ‘tough on crime’ mantra of the 1980s and 1990s.”