In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute highlights the work of the Ohio Senate and Senate President Matt Huffman in mitigating the learning loss that Ohio’s K-12 students have experienced due to the pandemic. “President Huffman and the Ohio Senate helped keep a bad situation from worsening. And for that, Ohio families should be grateful. But more education reforms will be needed to help students recoup some of their learning losses and recover from the great COVID disruption. The Senate, it seems, is up to the challenge.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.’”