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.”
In The Hill, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at federal CAFE standards, “relics of President Gerald Ford’s response to oil and gas shortages, [and] a leftover piece of President Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise’ that permeated the 1970s.” He writes, “The American automotive consumer doesn’t need antiquated policies from the Ford and Carter administrations spiking car prices just to encourage better gas mileage. So, freezing the CAFE standards and staving off their scheduled escalation is the right thing to do and now is the right time to do it.”
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Daniel Dew looks at the need for bail reform and the work of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Bail Reform Task Force, which he is a member of. In his op-ed, Dew writes that the work of the task force, “mark[s] the beginning, not the end of Ohio’s journey toward a fairer, safer criminal justice system. Lawmakers can and should do more by changing Ohio law to specify that the ability to access money — cash bail — cannot be used to address public safety concerns.”
The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt Speaks to Federalist Society Members about Criminal Justice Reform in the States
Robert Alt, Buckeye’s president and chief executive officer, joins the Federalist Society’s Teleforum to discuss his new white paper, Criminal Justice Reform: A Survey of 2018 State Laws, which offers an overview of recent state-level criminal law reforms. The discussion is moderated by John Malcolm, vice president, Institute for Constitutional Government; director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies; and senior legal fellow, The Heritage Foundation.
Michigan Attorney General Tries To Shut Down An Oil Pipeline — Putting The Great Lakes Region At Risk
In the Daily Caller, Buckeye’s Daniel Dew and Mackinac’s Jason Hayes look at the negative impact of closing Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, writing, “Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel campaigned on shutting down an oil pipeline those of us in the state know as ‘Line 5,’ an important pipeline that transports crude oil and natural gas liquids to Michigan, Ohio and parts of Ontario. Now, she’s now betting on our state’s courts to help fulfill her misguided campaign pledge.”
In the Washington Examiner, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at needed changes to how the IRS seizes and freezes business accounts, writing, “As Trump looks for new ways to help small businesses and ease the burdens that Big Government continues to lay upon their calloused shoulders, he would do well to improve upon the bipartisan, unanimous reforms of the Taxpayer First Act, and promulgate new rules for the IRS to follow when the IRS errs. Everyone makes mistakes, even federal agencies. Everyone should own up to them, especially the IRS.”
Ohio’s recently-passed budget included a long overdue victory for Ohio’s families and school choice advocates that The Buckeye Institute has championed for years. Included in the 2,600-page budget bill was a significant expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice program, which provides education scholarships for students from failing public schools and scholarships to low-income families.
In the Akron Beacon Journal, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson responds to a July 3 editorial “Cut state regulations? Not in this way,” writing, “Ohio desperately needs regulatory reform that eliminates unnecessary regulations that strangle private industry and enterprise as part of the state’s broader reform efforts to boost economic growth. If Ohio does not focus its regulations and rules on protecting the public from genuine harm, the state will continue to see slower growth and lower prosperity compared to many other states.”
The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Fight for Public Workers Will Protect the First Amendment Rights of Millions
Immediately following the Supreme Court’s landmark Janus decision, The Buckeye Institute launched its comprehensive and multi-pronged Workers Choose campaign to notify hundreds of thousands of public employees in Ohio of their newly-recognized Janus rights through direct mail and targeted online ads. The Buckeye Institute was not satisfied to stop there, but insisted upon asking the next big question in labor law, namely, “if it violates the First Amendment to compel financial support for union advocacy, how on earth can states require these same public employees to speak through unions that many of them choose not to join?”