Greg R. Lawson

The Buckeye Institute: Competition in Ohio’s Electricity Market Will Save Ohioans Money and Improve Economy

Greg R. Lawson December 12, 2017

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony today to the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee on the need to increase competition in Ohio’s electricity market and the important reform policies found in House Bill 247.

License to Work 2.0: Past Time to End the Permission Slip Policy on Jobs

Greg R. Lawson November 20, 2017

In all too many cases occupational licensing is little more than a mandatory permission slip that is imposed by a “Big Brother” like government and does little to ensure real public safety. Many of these burdens make it difficult for lower-income Ohioans to move up the ladder of economic success by getting a job and getting it quickly.

The Future of Medicaid Depends on Meaningful Reform

Greg R. Lawson November 15, 2017

Medicaid spending was exploding well before the misguided expansion in 2013. Despite the happy talk of Medicaid coming in “under budget,” the influx of more than 700,000 able-bodied adults, according to the latest enrollment numbers, has nearly stressed the program to its breaking point. In August 2017, the total spending for Medicaid totaled $2.4 billion. That’s is $354.9 million, or 17.4 percent, more than spending for the same month in the previous fiscal year!

Making Ohio Work for the Little Guy

Greg R. Lawson November 07, 2017

Many local government officials in Ohio are among those from the 238 different cities waiting with baited breath to find out if their bid to secure the new Amazon headquarters has a shot. Indeed, Cincinnati may offer nearly $1 billion in tax breaks while Cleveland, though skittish about disclosing it’s offering, no doubt will pony up big breaks too, as will Columbus. However, something amid all this hype (and hyperventilation) is being lost, which is, most new jobs come from small business (those employing fewer than 50 people).

The Buckeye Institute: Competition is Critical When Replacing Aging Water & Sewer Lines

Greg R. Lawson November 01, 2017

Columbus, OH – Following on The Buckeye Institute’s policy brief, Competition Saves Taxpayer Money on Water and Sewer Line Repair, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson submitted testimony to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 121. In his testimony, Lawson highlighted the issue of water and sewer infrastructure as one that is important “not only for taxpayers’ pocketbooks but also for their health and wellbeing.”

Ohio’s Budget Should Not be Left to Burn While Washington Fiddles with Healthcare Reform

Greg R. Lawson October 11, 2017

The expansion of Medicaid, to largely able-bodied adults, has clearly cost vastly more than what state leaders initially envisioned. As Medicaid spending, the Pac-Man of the state budget, continues consuming state resources, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R- WI) is demanding answers from the Kasich Administration on why the costs of Medicaid have blown up!

The Buckeye Institute: Utility Subsidies Hurt Competition and Hurt Ohio

Greg R. Lawson October 03, 2017

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee on the proposed bailout for the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation that is outlined in House Bill 239.

Don’t Believe in Free Money, the Lesson of the MCO Sales Tax

Greg R. Lawson September 27, 2017

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That is especially so when images of free dollars are floating in front of politicians’ eyes! Hopefully, this is a lesson that will be learned by most Ohio elected officials after the affair concerning the Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) sales tax fiasco.

A Far from a PURRFect Tax: Revisiting the CAT

Greg R. Lawson September 26, 2017

Today, the Tax Foundation released a new report that delves deeply into Ohio’s commercial activities tax, or CAT, its history and its mechanics. This is the second report from the Tax Foundation that focuses on Ohio. Earlier this year, The Buckeye Institute partnered with the foundation to release Ohio Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxers and the Economy. This book shows Ohio policymakers, as well as regular Ohioans, how the state’s overall tax system operates in an easy to understand format – not something easily done when talking about taxes!

Time to Fight the Rising Tide of Occupational Licensing

Greg R. Lawson September 25, 2017

Recently, there has been a flood of potentially harmful legislation that risks undercutting Ohio’s prosperity. Bad bills that expand burdensome occupational licensing requirements to an ever-larger number of Ohioans remains a serious impediment to creating an economically prosperous state where people are able to pursue job opportunities and career advancement without needing to seek costly, time-consuming permission from government.