Lawmakers should fix Ohio’s drug sentencing laws

Andrew J. Geisler November 22, 2020

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye's Andrew Geisler urges Ohio lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 3, writing, “For too long, Ohio has relied mistakenly on the criminal corrections system to house and care for those struggling with drug addiction — spending on average $26,000 per inmate, per year. The state imposes overly broad criminal sanctions that prove far less effective at curbing drug abuse and low-level drug crime recidivism than facilitating targeted treatment programs clinically designed to rehabilitate drug users and nonviolent offenders. Senate Bill 3 corrects that mistake.”

Ohio can lead by example on telehealth

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. November 17, 2020

At The Center Square, Buckeye’s James Woodward demonstrates why it is time for Ohio to permanently expand access to telehealth, which is included in House Bill 679. Woodward writes, “The Ohio House has passed important, needed legislation that will benefit the state’s patients and health care systems. The Senate should do likewise and avoid adding provisions that might hobble telehealth’s value and effectiveness. Ohio is on the verge of taking the national lead in smart telehealth policy and making medical care safer and more convenient for all. Now is the time.”

Lawmakers Can Leave a Legacy of Increased Job Opportunity in Ohio

Greg R. Lawson November 16, 2020

Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at one priority for Ohio’s lame-duck session—universal occupational licensing recognition, writing, “The Ohio General Assembly has returned to Columbus for its lame-duck legislative session. And with visions of legacies dancing in legislators’ heads, now is the right time for lawmakers to adopt universal occupational licensing recognition and reduce or eliminate existing licensing restrictions that make it harder for people to start new careers.”

Telehealth vital in pandemic

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. November 02, 2020

In The Blade, Buckeye’s James Woodward looks at the need to expand telehealth, writing, “The Blade’s recent editorial on telehealth…gets it right. Telemedicine will be ‘a critical component in the future of health care.’… As we have witnessed throughout the pandemic, there is now widespread agreement among patients, care providers, and lawmakers that telehealth offers patients safe, effective, and efficient options in health care, and the time has come to adjust the rules that govern it.”

How Colleges’ Spending Practices Often Shortchange or Defy Alumni Donors’ Intent

Robert Alt and Cully Stimson October 28, 2020

At The Daily Signal, Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, and Cully Stimson, with The Heritage Foundation, look at how “too many colleges and universities have created environments in which hidden management fees, poor rates of return, and a callous disregard for donor intent are common and have eroded the trust and philanthropic goodwill of some of America’s most generous patrons.”

HB 13 would use targeted grants to help unserved Ohioans get broadband access

Greg R. Lawson October 27, 2020

At Cleveland.com, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson highlights the benefits of the policies in House Bill 13, writing, “HB 13 creates targeted grants to expand access to broadband to underserved areas of Ohio, closing the gap between what providers can cost-effectively spend to develop a network and the full cost of providing the service to underserved communities. The grants offered in HB 13 will be awarded in a transparent process open to many cable, satellite, and wireless providers across Ohio.”

Ohio Lawmakers Need to Put More Debt Relief Options on the Table

Greg R. Lawson October 20, 2020

Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at how policymakers can help Ohioans struggling with debt, writing, “Using a debt settlement company might not be the right choice for everyone. But just as many Ohioans are trying to put food on the table, policymakers should put more options on the table for people who need debt relief, and they should avoid the flawed arguments that limit the services available to Ohioans who need help getting out of debt.”

No more bailouts for energy

Greg R. Lawson October 13, 2020

In The Blade, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson responds to calls for continued taxpayer-funded subsidies and bailouts for energy companies, writing, “[D]ispensing billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded subsidies — for nuclear, coal, natural gas, or renewables — can corrupt good government and corrode the public’s trust, as we saw with HB 6. The best policy for Ohio is an end to all taxpayer-funded subsidies and corporate bailouts.”

Washington Misses the Target on State and Local Aid

Logan Kolas October 02, 2020

Buckeye’s Logan Kolas looks at the problems with federal aid packages being considered in Washington, DC, writing, “While state and local governments do need targeted financial aid for COVID-related shortfalls, the current proposals coming out of Washington, DC would do more harm than good and could reward reckless spending, which would have devastating consequences on Ohio’s economic recovery.”

Alternative school-assessment tools needed if Ohio continues freeze on school report cards, tests

Greg R. Lawson September 10, 2020

On Cleveland.com, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson responds to proposals to continue a freeze on state report cards and performance assessments for Ohio schools, writing, “While the idea of a freeze is understandable, given the ongoing uncertainty associated with COVID-19, legislators should be certain that parents can still obtain information to accurately assess how well their school is educating students.”