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Student loan forgiveness would take from 'working poor' give to 'bookish rich'

Logan Kolas May 23, 2022

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute outlines the “dangerous [and] unintended consequences” of the Biden Administration’s anticipated student loan forgiveness plan, writing, “Rightly pilloried as a bailout for rich kids, forgiving federal student loan debt rewards the risky behavior of those who promised to repay loans after going to college by taxing workers who have either been repaying college debts for years or never borrowed money for school in the first place.”

House Bill 235 makes hiring, doing business in Ohio more expensive

Logan Kolas April 30, 2022

In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute looks at the harmful effects of Ohio House Bill 235—the High Hazard Training Certification Act. “With Ohio already lagging the rest of the country in dynamism, innovation and competitiveness, state policymakers should seek ways to make the workforce more flexible and more responsive to market changes, not less. The General Assembly’s pending proposal, however, does neither. Instead, it will only make hiring more expensive and risk higher consumer prices down the road.”

It's not free. Why Summit County should reconsider government-owned broadband

Greg R. Lawson April 28, 2022

In the Akron Beacon Journal, The Buckeye Institute cautions Summit County officials against “committing millions of dollars of temporary federal COVID-19 funds to build a permanent government-owned broadband network,” writing, “Communities that need better broadband service should…partner with private providers and pursue the state’s new residential broadband program or use the federal COVID-19 money to create vouchers for consumers to purchase broadband services from private providers. Either option is less risky for Summit County taxpayers than the county’s current plan.”
 

Like the rest of the world, Buckeye is hiring!

April 21, 2022

Unlike the rest of the world, The Buckeye Institute offers the intangible psychic benefits of making a real difference and having the greatest colleagues around. Our teammates tend to stick around quite a bit longer than the average turnover rates for our industry, and we attribute that fact to hiring only the nicest and most capable folks (hey, we didn’t claim to be modest!). We are located downtown Columbus, Ohio, directly across from the state Capitol building and in the heart of the Buckeye State’s bustling policymaking scene.
 

Buckeye Institute-Inspired ACE Program Launches

Greg R. Lawson April 11, 2022

The long-awaited Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (Ohio ACE) program has finally launched. The Buckeye Institute has promoted Ohio ACE and similar policy initiatives to help families better afford K-12 learning resources and improve their children’s education. Families have faced significant disruptions to schooling over the past two years, and Ohio’s first education savings account program has arrived just in time to help families pay for a variety of necessary educational services.

Robert Alt and Eric Flannery Join O’Connor and Company to Discuss the DC Covid Mandate Case

April 04, 2022

O’Connor and Company talks with The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt and Buckeye’s client Eric Flannery, who was able reopen his Northeast D.C. restaurant The Big Board after the District of Columbia agreed to lift its suspension of Mr. Flannery’s liquor license and reinstate The Big Board’s operating license.

Better policy today will create a brighter economy tomorrow

Logan Kolas April 02, 2022

Following Governor DeWine’s State of the State speech, The Buckeye Institute takes to The Cincinnati Enquirer to outline how Ohio can address past policy missteps and modernize the state’s economic system, writing, “Ohio is not yet where it needs to be, but Mr. DeWine has good reason for his buoyant optimism. And by correcting prior mistakes and making better economic policy choices, Ohio may soon be ‘coming for it all.’”

City Punishes Pub Owner for Opposing COVID Mandates

March 07, 2022

For nearly two years, the District of Columbia has invoked emergency powers—imposing mask mandates for schools and businesses and requiring restaurants to check customers’ vaccine status. Eric Flannery, a Navy veteran and co-owner of The Big Board, and his lawyer, Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, joined The Daily Signal Podcast to explain why they’re fighting for The Big Board’s survival in a city where political leaders have amassed unprecedented power.

COVID Madness: Meet the D.C. Business Owners Fighting for Freedom

March 02, 2022

The nation’s capital has been operating in a state of emergency since the onset of the pandemic, leaving business owners forced to comply with mandates with no option to question or appeal them. Hear from some of the courageous Washington, D.C. business owners on the frontlines who are directly affected by COVID regulations and have spoken out, including The Buckeye Institute’s client Eric Flannery and Buckeye’s president and CEO Robert Alt.

Mr. Alt Goes to Washington—Pleading Buckeye’s Newest Case to Congress

March 01, 2022

When D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that restaurants in the District of Columbia would be required to turn away customers based upon their medical history, Eric Flannery, who owns a neighborhood bar, publicly stated that everyone was welcome at The Big Board. As a result, the city immediately revoked Eric’s operating and liquor licenses—shutting down his business entirely. Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and CEO, and Buckeye’s courageous client Eric Flannery addressed Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.