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.

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.