Greg R. Lawson
The Buckeye Institute: Competition in Ohio’s Electricity Market Will Save Ohioans Money and Improve Economy
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.”
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!
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.
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!
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.