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New Buckeye Report Finds Occupational Licensing Hits Older and Lower-Income Workers Hardest

Greg R. Lawson and Bryce Hill December 18, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center released its latest policy report, Still Forbidden to Succeed: The Negative Effects of Occupational Licensing on Ohio’s Workforce. The report found that the burden of Ohio’s occupational licensing requirements has a greater impact on middle-aged and low-income workers, and those without a college degree. In essence, occupational licensing erects barriers to employment to those most in need of good-paying jobs.

New Buckeye Analysis of Ohio’s Tax & Spending Policies Offers Guidance to 2020 Commission

Bryce Hill October 10, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute released its latest policy brief, Building a Better Future: An Analysis of Ohio’s Tax and Spending Policies, which looks at the tax and spending policies Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have adopted since 2013 and their impact on Ohio’s economic growth.

Spurring the Ohio Miracle with Sound Policy

Quinn Beeson June 19, 2017

Every year, The Buckeye Institute and the Fraser Institute release Economic Freedom of North America (EFNA), an index ranking economic freedom in the states. The rankings look at the ability of individuals to act in the economic sphere free of undue restrictions, such as a high tax burden or labor market regulations.

New Buckeye Institute Report Finds Louisiana’s Proposal to Raise Taxes Will Hinder Economic Growth

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Bryce Hill, and Lukas Spitzwieser June 05, 2017

Columbus, OH – A new report, Addressing Louisiana’s Budget Shortfall: Strategies for Growth, released today by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that Louisiana’s proposal to raise taxes to finance more government spending will hinder economic activity and growth. 

New Year, New U.S. President and Ohio's Cool-Down Continues

March 07, 2017

Let’s start with the good news: it wasn’t the worst start for a January since the end of the Great Recession. Although Ohio lost 2100 jobs in January 2017, it was a better start than the 10,100 jobs that the state lost in January 2016.

The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Ohio Economy

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Joe Nichols March 03, 2017

The Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute analyzed the likely economic impacts of the RPS by applying the ERC’s proprietary dynamic model of Ohio’s economy. The ERC’s findings support repealing the mandates entirely.

Half a billion below Expectations: Ohio’s Tax Collections Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

February 13, 2017

In 2016, Ohio’s tax collections were 2.5% short of the $20.2 billion expected tax revenues, and these numbers really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Fiscal Policy, Theory and Measurement: The State of Wyoming

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 09, 2017

Wyoming policymakers face many different decisions on how to change fiscal policy to improve growth or fund the government. Using a dynamic macroeconomic model to simulate the Wyoming economy, this paper examines several different policy scenarios where taxes can be raised or lowered to pay for more or less government spending. 

Review of Wyoming's Fiscal Health

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Tracy C. Miller, Ph.D., and Joe Nichols February 09, 2017

Since 2008, the Wyoming economy has been contracting even as the overall United States economy has been expanding. Job creation is stagnant and Wyomingites are leaving the labor force. State tax revenues are shrinking with the state economy. The sharp downturn in energy commodities is the main culprit behind Wyoming’s downturn. 

Quick Budget Reactions: Taxes

February 06, 2017

Gov. Kasich’s proposed FY 2018-2019 biennial budget advances several tax policy changes, which represent a sound general direction for policy.  However, government should not be in the business of penalizing nor rewarding select sectors, businesses, or industries—as happened with the Kasich Administration’s proposed severance tax increase and new taxes on the vaping industry.