Logan Kolas

Buckeye Institute-Championed ‘Fintech’ Regulatory Sandbox Policies Invite Innovation to Ohio

Logan Kolas June 01, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Financial Institutions Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 249, which would make Ohio a more inviting place for financial technology, or fintech, companies to move to or expand by eliminating and reducing complicated regulations that impede the development of innovative products. The policies in Senate Bill 249 would remove “outdated and complicated regulatory obstacles currently impeding fintech companies looking to innovate safely and cost-effectively.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio Lawmakers to Provide Businesses with Flexibility to Build a Talented Workforce

Logan Kolas May 31, 2022

The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee on the policies in House Bill 235, which would add unnecessary government regulations and labor quotas to oil refinery job requirements, preventing employers from “training and equipping their employees with the skills needed to do the job.” Buckeye urged lawmakers to “seek market-driven solutions to make on-the-job training more affordable and useful.” 

Student loan forgiveness would take from 'working poor' give to 'bookish rich'

Logan Kolas May 23, 2022

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.”

The Buckeye Institute: Let All Ohioans Reap Benefits of Online Property Rental

Logan Kolas May 10, 2022

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 563, which would allow Ohio homeowners to take financial advantage of new online rental options such as Airbnb and Vrbo. In his testimony, Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute, noted that efforts to regulate rental properties and online businesses such as Airbnb and Vrbo limits homeowners’ ability to “make business and financial decisions that are right for them and their families.”

House Bill 235 makes hiring, doing business in Ohio more expensive

Logan Kolas April 30, 2022

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.”

Better policy today will create a brighter economy tomorrow

Logan Kolas April 02, 2022

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.’”

New Buckeye Institute Report Outlines How Ohio Can Modernize its Economy to Seize New Economic Opportunities

Logan Kolas March 21, 2022

The Buckeye Institute released a new policy report, Policy Solutions for More Innovation: Modernizing Ohio’s Policies to Seize New Economic Opportunities, which offers lawmakers policy solutions that, if adopted, would structurally reform Ohio’s outdated economic system, help reverse troubling economic trends, and return the Buckeye State to economic prosperity and leadership. “By adopting the solutions that The Buckeye Institute outlines, policymakers will better enable Ohio to regain its economic footing and achieve long-term economic success.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Personal Privacy Act, Among Best in the Nation, Could be Even Better

Logan Kolas February 02, 2022

In a new policy memo, Ohio’s Data Privacy Tradeoff, The Buckeye Institute outlined how lawmakers can improve the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (House Bill 376) to make good policy even better. While the “legislation is not perfect and improvements can be made,” the “Ohio Personal Privacy Act would be among the best data privacy laws enacted or being considered.”

The Buckeye Institute: Policies in House Bill 376 Offer a Smarter Way to Protect Consumer Data

Logan Kolas December 08, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in House Bill 376, which would protect consumer data and is “among the best state data privacy laws already implemented or being considered.” Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst with the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute, noted that House Bill 376 “takes a consumer-oriented approach to data privacy” and would help businesses provide better services by harnessing the free market to determine what privacy services customers prefer.

Building a 'regulatory sandbox' would help Ohio join the fintech revolution

Logan Kolas November 17, 2021

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute looks at a “smarter way for Ohio to regulate the rapidly emerging financial technology sector or ‘fintech’,” writing, “Recently introduced legislation…proposes building a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in which fintech companies may test new products or services and experiment in the marketplace under the supervision of expert regulators, but without the added expense of Ohio’s full regulatory regime…Building a smart regulatory sandbox would help consumers and businesses access the banking and capital they need, and help Ohio join the fintech revolution.”