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Greg R. Lawson

Policymakers Can Help Ohioans Dig Out from Under a Mountain of Debt

Greg R. Lawson October 17, 2018

For many Ohioans, getting out of debt is a serious and seemingly impossible effort. The bills keep coming and the interest rates keep piling up. It seems like no matter how hard they try, they can never get ahead of the bills. And this isn’t just a problem facing the poor, it could easily happen to any one of us. In fact, Ohioans have an average of $5,583 in credit card debt—more than 10 percent of the median household income.

Corral Ohio's Medicaid 'Pac-Man'

Greg R. Lawson October 07, 2018

In The Plain Dealer, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at Medicaid's pharmaceutical drug program and pharmacy benefits managers writing, “As Medicaid glowers over the state's annual budget and its costs and expenses continue to escalate, state policymakers routinely – and rightly – look for responsible ways to curb those costs in order to preserve other spending priorities without jeopardizing Ohio's fiscal future. Unfortunately, some proposed Medicaid remedies threaten to do more harm than good for Ohio.”

In Testimony to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, The Buckeye Institute Offers an “Alternative to Failure” to Close Ohio’s Education Achievement Gap

Greg R. Lawson September 14, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson—a research fellow at Buckeye and the co-author of Education Savings Accounts: Expanding Education Options for Ohio—testified today before the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In his testimony, Lawson recommended that policymakers “fundamentally re-think Ohio’s tried-and-failed approach to public school funding,” and said it is time to “look for ways to better address the academic needs of students as individuals, instead of the needs of schools, districts, and systems that happen to contain students.”

By Vetoing Regulatory Reform, Kasich Misses Opportunity to Build on Success

Greg R. Lawson August 30, 2018

"On August 2, Governor John Kasich issued a disappointing veto to Senate Bill 221, which would have given elected members of the General Assembly greater oversight over the rule making process and government regulations implemented by unelected bureaucrats," writes Greg Lawson in his lastest blog. 

Medicare for All is a Poor Prescription for What Ails Health Care

Greg R. Lawson July 11, 2018

Guaranteeing high quality health care at a cost that does not break the piggy bank is one of the great challenges confronting policymakers today. Everyone wants access to the best possible health care at the best possible prices. Obamacare was supposed to help. It did not. Now, an even more harmful idea is making the rounds among many politicians, Medicare for All.

The Buckeye Institute: Licensing Reform Policies in SB 255 Benefit Ohio Workers

Greg R. Lawson June 27, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute issued a statement following the passage of Senate Bill 255.

The Buckeye Institute: Reducing Ohio’s Regulatory Burden Would Boost the Economy and Grow Jobs

Greg R. Lawson June 27, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce, and Workforce Committee on Senate Bill 293, saying, “Ohio desperately needs regulatory reform that eliminates unnecessary regulations that strangle private industry and enterprise as part of the state’s broader reform efforts to boost economic growth.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Needs to Undertake Comprehensive Tax Reform, Not Pass New Taxes

Greg R. Lawson June 19, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 571, writing, “As tempting as House Bill 571 may be for some revenue collectors, Ohio must be careful not to allow or encourage local governments to impose harmful new—and in this case, illegal—taxes apart from a more balanced and comprehensive tax reform effort.”

The Buckeye Institute: Energy Mandates and Subsidies Harm Ohio’s Economy

Greg R. Lawson June 06, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on House Bill 114. In setting the context for his testimony, Lawson told policymakers that The Buckeye Institute “support[s] renewable energy and encourage[s] the growth of the renewable energy industry in Ohio. But we do not support government-imposed energy mandates of any kind.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio Policymakers to Pursue Systemic Tax Reform

Greg R. Lawson June 05, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 333 saying, that “nullifying tax penalties and making the tax code fairer for taxpayers is…laudable,” but pointing out that Ohio’s tax system needs systemic changes.