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Professor: Maine law forces me to accept union misrepresentation

Jonathan Reisman November 07, 2018

In the Portland Press Herald, Professor Jonathan Reisman, Buckeye’s client and an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University of Maine at Machias who served as the grievance officer for the Machias chapter of his union, explains why he is suing his union, writing, “The union represents me without my input or consent. And Maine law not only countenances that, but also requires it. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling in Janus, I am not required to pay the union agency fees, but I am still required to subject myself to the union’s unwanted representation and to have it speak for me.”

Rescinding Obama-era guidance on ACA waivers invites states back to the reform table

Rea S. Hederman Jr. November 02, 2018

The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. writes about welcome new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to states looking to improve their health care and health insurance systems through “state innovation waivers” under Section 1332 of the ACA. Hederman writes, “The new guidance gives states significantly more flexibility to devise creative solutions to meet the health care and insurance needs of their constituents and it builds upon new community engagement waivers that made Medicaid more flexible for states earlier this year.”

Can Schoolhouse Rock Help Us Decide How to Vote on Ohio’s Ballot Issue 1?

Rebekah Alt October 28, 2018

You may have heard about Ohio’s Issue 1. Are you as unclear about it as everyone else? You are not alone. As Ohioans go to the polls, we will indeed see this proposed Constitutional Amendment on our ballots—Issue 1—which asks voters to amend the Ohio Constitution to reform the state’s criminal justice system.

The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt Speaks to Federalist Society Members about Workers’ Speech Rights in the Wake of Janus

Robert Alt October 26, 2018

In its Janus v. AFSCME decision this past June, the Supreme Court of the United States held that it violated the First Amendment for states to force their employees to subsidize the speech of labor unions. Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, speaks to members of the Federalist Society about key issues that have arisen in the wake of Janus, and shares his thinking on how labor relations are poised to change in the near future.

Policymakers Can Help Ohioans Dig Out from Under a Mountain of Debt

Greg R. Lawson October 17, 2018

For many Ohioans, getting out of debt is a serious and seemingly impossible effort. The bills keep coming and the interest rates keep piling up. It seems like no matter how hard they try, they can never get ahead of the bills. And this isn’t just a problem facing the poor, it could easily happen to any one of us. In fact, Ohioans have an average of $5,583 in credit card debt—more than 10 percent of the median household income.

Justice in Cleveland’s Justice System: In Serial Podcast Episode 2 Buckeye Looks at Access to Treatment for People in the Justice System

Hannah Fjeldsted October 16, 2018

This season Serial has come to Cleveland to take a deeper look at a typical criminal justice system. Throughout the podcast series, The Buckeye Institute will look at the issues raised and what Ohio can do to fix some of those issues in a blog series, Justice in Cleveland’s Justice System. In the second episode, we are introduced to a problem in the Cuyahoga County courthouse which permeates courthouses across the state – access to treatment for those suffering from addiction and mental health issues.

Yes: Jail time shouldn’t depend on what’s in your wallet

Daniel J. Dew October 07, 2018

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Daniel J. Dew looks at the need to fix Ohio broken cash bail system, wiring, “Daily headlines confirm that America’s criminal-justice system needs improvement. Less reported — but even more significant — is voter appetite for common-sense measures to fix a broken system of unnecessary pretrial detention and associated abuses of money bail.”

Corral Ohio's Medicaid 'Pac-Man'

Greg R. Lawson October 07, 2018

In The Plain Dealer, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at Medicaid's pharmaceutical drug program and pharmacy benefits managers writing, “As Medicaid glowers over the state's annual budget and its costs and expenses continue to escalate, state policymakers routinely – and rightly – look for responsible ways to curb those costs in order to preserve other spending priorities without jeopardizing Ohio's fiscal future. Unfortunately, some proposed Medicaid remedies threaten to do more harm than good for Ohio.”

Justice in Cleveland’s Justice System: Buckeye Looks at Mens Rea and Bail Reform in Serial Podcast Episode 1

Hannah Fjeldsted October 03, 2018

The wildly popular podcast, Serial, has come to Cleveland to take a deeper look at a typical criminal justice system. Throughout the series, The Buckeye Institute will look at the issues raised and what Ohio can do to fix some of those issues. In Episode 1, we look at mens rea and bail reform.

Issue 1: Paved with Good Intentions

Daniel J. Dew September 25, 2018

Issue 1 and its criminal justice reform measures would move Ohio in the right direction on a road paved with good intentions concerning issues such as drug possession, criminal sentencing, and mental health treatment. Unfortunately, Issue 1 proponents have chosen the wrong vehicle to take us where we need to go, and that well-intended, well-paved road may not offer as smooth a ride as many of its advocates claim.