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An Unconstitutional Local Tax Grab

Jay R. Carson and Patrick Wright April 11, 2021

In a piece for National Review, The Buckeye Institute and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy look at unconstitutional local tax grabs. Authors Jay Caron, senior litigator at The Buckeye Institute, and Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center in Michigan write, “What’s a city official to do when a pandemic slams tax revenue? In our home states of Michigan and Ohio, state and local leaders have an odd — and unconstitutional — answer. They want cities to tax people who neither live nor work within their limits.”

Time to Expand Ohio’s T-CAP Program Statewide

Andrew J. Geisler April 07, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute urges lawmakers to expand Ohio’s successful T-CAP program to all 88 counties. The program—which Andrew J. Geisler notes “reduce[s] prison overcrowding, save[s] taxpayer dollars on incarceration, and help[s] low-level, non-violent offenders get the treatment and rehabilitation they need to re-enter society successfully”—offers a cost-effective way to give offenders an opportunity at a second chance while still ensuring they pay their debt to society. 

Senate Bill 94’s Unintended Consequences

Jay R. Carson March 31, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute looks at language tucked inside Senate Bill 94, that “should concern public interest groups on both sides of the proverbial aisle.” Jay R. Carson writes, “Senate Bill 94’s disclosure mandate is the wrong answer in search of a problem. If a court believes that the funding source of a case is relevant to the litigation at bar, the court can always order the identity disclosed. But if such disclosure is so irrelevant to the case that the court sees no reason to order it, then Senate Bill 94’s mandate serves no purpose.”

Lawmakers Should Align Higher Ed Spending to Better Prepare Ohio’s Future Workforce

Greg R. Lawson March 26, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute looks at how Ohio lawmakers can improve higher education funding to better prepare Ohio’s future workforce. Greg R. Lawson writes, “Deliberations over Ohio’s biennial operating budget are well underway, and the higher education portion of the budget remains one of the largest areas of spending. Unfortunately, taxpayer dollars are not being used as effectively as they should, and lawmakers need to build upon their past efforts and more appropriately align higher education spending to better prepare Ohio’s future workforce.”

Ohio’s pandemic year report card

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 21, 2021

In a piece in The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute marks the one year anniversary of the pandemic and highlights what has been accomplished and what policymakers still need to do to ensure Ohio fully recovers from the pandemic’s impacts. In the piece, Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, writes, “One year later, as Ohio continues to recover from the pandemic’s health, civic, and economic effects, it is worth applauding what has been achieved — and encouraging what more can be accomplished.”

Democrats make low-tax states an offer they should refuse

Michael G. Franc March 19, 2021

In The Hill, The Buckeye Institute looks at the federal “tax mandate” included in the COVID-relief bill, with Michael G. Franc, senior fellow at The Buckeye Institute, writing, “There are no free lunches. Federal dollars come laced with strings. Some axioms just keep proving themselves true. As the ink dries on the latest $2 trillion tranche of federal pandemic relief — the American Rescue Plan — states are learning that the roughly $350 billion of ‘free’ federal aid comes with strings attached. Wonders never cease.”

For remote workers, taxation without representation

Robert Alt and Andrew Cline March 10, 2021

In The Sun, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, and Andrew Cline, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord, NH, look at the issue at the center of New Hampshire v. Massachusetts—the unconstitutional income taxes that remote Granite State workers are required to continue paying to Massachusetts—a state where they do not live, cannot vote, and no longer work.

Don't bail out ships that aren't sinking

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 07, 2021

In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at the $350 billion earmarked for bailing out state and local governments included in the newest COVID package that the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are about to finalize, writing, “[T]he state bailouts, however well-intended, are flawed — giving far too much money to states that don't need it and rewarding other states that have mismanaged their own finances. The price tag, earmark formulas and disincentives are all wrong.”

The Buckeye Institute Joins Panel Discussion on the Future of Drug Sentencing Reform in Ohio

Andrew J. Geisler February 26, 2021

On February 24, The Buckeye Institute joined the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a panel discussion on the future of criminal justice reform and drug sentencing reform in Ohio. In addition to Andrew J. Geisler, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, panelists included Sara Andrews, executive director of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission; Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist at the ACLU of Ohio; Micah Derry, state director for the Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity; and Kyle Strickland, deputy director of race and democracy at the Roosevelt Institute and senior legal analyst at Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Logan Kolas Joins the Cato Daily Podcast to Discuss the COVID-19 State Budget Shortfall That Wasn’t

Logan Kolas February 22, 2021

State budgets didn’t suffer the fate that was so widely predicted as COVID-19 began spreading throughout the U.S. Logan Kolas, economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute and Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, join Cato’s Caleb O. Brown to discuss why.