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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
With some exceptions, state legislatures moved in the direction of easing criminal penalties in a variety of areas in 2019. Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, joins Caleb O. Brown on the Cato Daily Podcast to discuss his new research for The Federalist Society. Alt, a nationally-recognized scholar in criminal law, reviewed the legal landscape of criminal law changes across the country writing that states were most willing to adjust their laws related to criminal sentencing, record expungement and offender registries, marijuana legalization, and restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
As students and teachers return to school, educators are preparing for a new—and unique—school year, getting their classrooms ready—or their at home “office”, and reviewing their to-do lists. One item on the to-do list is the decision to join, remain in, or leave the union. Teachers across the country will make different decisions on this important question and their reasons will vary. Some teachers disagree with the union’s political positions, some believe the union is too expensive and offers little direct benefit to them, some would simply rather spend their money elsewhere, and some believe that union membership is the best decision for them.
What if something you changed caused devastating unintended consequences? That question is the central theme posed by a new documentary, Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, which premiers today on Amazon Prime. Safeguard is an important film explaining exactly how the Electoral College works in our presidential elections, why our Founders believed it was so important, and what could happen if we got rid of it.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Andrew Geisler outlines why liability protection, which passed the General Assembly, is so important for Ohio’s schools, writing, “As Ohio schools begin the unenviable task of returning to class amid a pandemic, and educators agonize over whether, how and when to reopen classrooms, their lawyers continue to warn of potential lawsuits and liability risks even if every reasonable precaution against the virus is taken. The unnecessary threat of pandemic-related litigation just adds insult to injury.”
In Crain’s Cleveland Business, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at the dangers of taxpayer-funded subsidies, writing, “As the troubling criminal allegations surrounding House Bill 6 attest, dispensing billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded subsidies can corrupt good government and corrode the public's trust. To begin restoring some of that trust, state lawmakers should end the crony capitalism in House Bill 6 and stop paying corporate welfare in Ohio.”