It’s not often that The Buckeye Institute agrees with Policy Matters Ohio, but when it comes to opposing the increase of the special interest motion picture tax credit, we do! Policymakers are proposing increasing this special interest film tax credit, currently capped at $40 million a year, to a whopping $100 million annually and broadening it to include some Broadway productions, claiming that this tax credit will incentivize Hollywood and Broadway producers to set up shop in Ohio. What it really does is waste your tax dollars on a multi-billion-dollar industry that doesn’t need handouts from Ohioans.
In National Review, Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Doug Badger call on Congress and the administration to give states more latitude to fix their health insurance markets, which is the central recommendation of their new Mercatus Center study.
This morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. The case asks a similar question to one raised just two years ago in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association — namely whether forcing a public employee to choose between subsidizing a union’s political speech or being subject to termination for failure to do so violates the First Amendment.
Ohio’s cash bail system remains broken. Just ask Markcus Brown, the man locked-up for nine days because he did not meet the RTA’s dress code and he could not afford bail after his arrest for “trespassing” at the bus station. Mr. Brown’s case is another stark reminder that the cash bail status quo does a remarkably poor job of determining which defendants should be released before trial and which should wait in jail.
A newly-released report from the Reason Foundation, reinforces the need for state policymakers to keep the soon-to-be-released capital budget focused on repairing and building Ohio’s physical infrastructure. Something The Buckeye Institute recently called for in our own report, Principled Spending: Using Ohio’s Capital Budget to Benefit Ohioans.
Buckeye’s Rea Hederman Jr. and the Mackinac Center’s Lindsay Boyd Killen look at the need for states to reform Medicaid, writing in The Hill, “It is now time for states like Michigan and Ohio to move forward on Medicaid reform, and for them to embrace the new opportunities coming out of Washington.”
Buckeye’s Robert Alt highlights the need to worker voting rights, writing in The Hill, “It is time for unions to embrace their democratic heritage and support their own members’ right to vote. It is time for all of us to join together to create more perfect unions. It is time for public employees to have a voice and a choice. It is time for worker voting rights.”
In a piece for The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye's Daniel J. Dew calls out suspect polling being used by the American Bail Coalition to claim that people oppose bail reform. Reputable polling, conducted and released using professional industry standards, shows 85 percent of people favor replacing cash bail with supervised release.
Earlier this week, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund its customers $43 million that the company overcharged from 2009-2011 to comply with Ohio’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). This ruling is further evidence of why it is critical for Ohio policymakers to repeal the RPS and allow retroactive refunds for improper charges, which is addressed in House Bill 247.
On Cleveland.com, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson writes, “This market system gives renewable energy companies an incentive to innovate, compete, and create sustainable jobs. Government mandates just give renewable energy companies an incentive to lobby government officials. Mandates in effect subsidize special interests at the expense of all Ohioans.”