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Democratic Tax Plan Will Squeeze Small Business

Rea S. Hederman Jr. October 01, 2021

On RealClearPolicy, The Buckeye Institute outlines how the Democratic tax and spending plan being debated in Congress will hurt small businesses in Ohio and nationwide, writing, “Some states have worked hard in recent years to grow their economies and recover from the Great Recession by reducing the tax burdens faced by small businesses. Congress and the Biden Administration seem poised to negate those laudable efforts with one of the largest corporate tax hikes in American history...”

Biden’s Lawless Vaccine Mandate

Robert Alt and David B. Rivkin Jr. September 28, 2021

In The Wall Street Journal, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, and David B. Rivkin Jr., a lawyer practicing appellate and constitutional law in Washington, D.C., outline legal arguments against Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alt and Rivkin write that the “mandate far exceeds the authority Congress granted the agency, and if the president can order private companies to dictate such terms of employment, his power to coerce citizens in the name of public health might as well be unlimited.”

Happy Warriors in the Tax Fight: The Buckeye Institute Joins the Giving Ventures Podcast to Discuss How Buckeye Is Providing Reliable State-Level Tax Analysis

Rea S. Hederman Jr. September 28, 2021

In the second episode of Giving Ventures, host and DonorsTrust vice president Peter Lipsett talks taxes with a handful of experts, or “happy warriors,” fighting the good fight in the world of tax policy, including Rea S. Hederman Jr., The Buckeye Institute’s vice president of policy and executive director of the Economic Research Center.

Money in the Pipeline or Money Down the Drain? How to Think About Broadband Spending

Logan Kolas September 23, 2021

Internet access is a key ingredient to make Ohio an emerging technology leader and to give Ohioans the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century economy. By increasing accountability and transparency, using reverse auctions, holding contractors accountable, and exploring new and innovative ways to bridge the digital divide, Ohio lawmakers will ensure that taxpayer dollars are being effectively used to connect Ohioans with life-improving, high-speed internet.

Trends in State-Level Criminal Justice Reform in 2020

Robert Alt September 15, 2021

How did states alter the landscape of policing and broader criminal justice issues in 2020? Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute and author of a forthcoming Federalist Society report on criminal justice reform in the states, joins Caleb O. Brown, host of the Cato Daily Podcast, to discuss recent trends in state-level criminal justice reform.

Parents know what kids need, so provide help…and a choice

Rea S. Hederman Jr. September 12, 2021

In the Dayton Daily News, The Buckeye Institute looks at how the pandemic continues to impact Ohio’s school children, families, and businesses and recommends that policymakers “build and reform existing child tax credits to make early child care and education more affordable.” “Big government has made life and child rearing more expensive, and families with young children do need help. But that help should come with more choice, not less, and with more tax relief, not higher taxes driven by more government spending.”

Ohio education and the ‘ACE’ up its sleeve

Greg R. Lawson September 02, 2021

In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute highlights how Ohio’s new Afterschool Child Enrichment Education Savings Account Program will help parents afford desperately-needed resources to improve their children’s educational outcomes. “[S]tate policymakers...have recognized the educational challenges that families face—and the financial burdens that those challenges can pose. To help, state leaders have expanded school choice options to reach more students and families, offering them more than a one-size-fits-all, hand-me-down approach to public education.”

State Spotlight: Ohio Parents Empowered with Opportunity

Greg R. Lawson and Tim Abram August 19, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute and ExcelinEd highlight Ohio’s new education savings account program—the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program. “Thanks to these new initiatives, Ohio has empowered parents and protected students. As children return to the classroom and families recover from the pandemic’s disruptive and uncertain consequences, Ohio has done well to budget more flexibility, innovation, and affordability for learning—the ABCs of student-first education.”
 

Once Again Congress Sees Over-Regulation as a Solution

Rea S. Hederman Jr. July 27, 2021

In the wake of stock market bubbles hitting companies like GameStop and AMC Theatres, Congress is once again searching for “solutions.” Unsurprisingly, Congress’s solution—dubbed the Short Sale Transparency and Market Fairness Act—would increase regulatory burdens substantially, this time on investment fund managers, and, according to government regulators, would provide little beneficial information compared to existing reporting requirements. 

'Success breeds success.' Ohio is on a post-pandemic winning streak

Rea S. Hederman Jr. July 15, 2021

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute, looks at the wins in Ohio’s recently passed budget, writing, “Ohio’s budget delivers strong victories, reducing and streamlining taxes, enhancing school choice, and expanding successful criminal justice reform. The fiscal belt should have been tightened and more fat could have been trimmed — moves that will be needed later for sustainability — but across-the-board tax cuts and smart policy reforms extend Ohio’s winning streak and give us all something to cheer.”