Greg R. Lawson
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”