Rea S. Hederman Jr.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at how Ohio policymakers need to adapt and find new strategies to fight the opioid crisis, writing, “Even as high-profile trials for prior misconduct dominate news headlines, civic leaders and policymakers should focus less on assigning blame for the past and more on winning victories and limiting casualties in the future.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after the Ohio House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 7, which would remove barriers to employment for military spouses. In his statement, Hederman said, “Today’s unanimous vote by the Ohio House to pass Senate Bill 7 shows that policymakers are committed to helping our military families get back to work by removing needless occupational licensing barriers.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the 2019 Kiplinger Tax Map, which ranks Ohio one of the 10 least tax-friendly states in the country. “Everyone wants to be above average. However, as Kiplinger’s 2019 Tax Map reveals, being above average on taxes has made Ohio one of the ten ‘least tax-friendly’ states in the country.”
In The Hill, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at efforts to “remove choice and flexibility from health care and state health insurance markets,” writing, “Opponents of the new guidance appear to be against innovation, flexibility, savings, and more affordable health insurance plans. They want to use the Congressional Review Act — a law that allows Congress to repeal executive rules — to retract the new rules and return to the cookie-cutter, Obama-era guidance that had made health insurance under the ACA unaffordable. Such a retreat would be a mistake.”
In The Hill, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at federal CAFE standards, “relics of President Gerald Ford’s response to oil and gas shortages, [and] a leftover piece of President Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise’ that permeated the 1970s.” He writes, “The American automotive consumer doesn’t need antiquated policies from the Ford and Carter administrations spiking car prices just to encourage better gas mileage. So, freezing the CAFE standards and staving off their scheduled escalation is the right thing to do and now is the right time to do it.”
The Buckeye Institute: Presidential Executive Order will Increase Price Transparency and Competition in Health Care
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Monday, which will increase health care price transparency and will allow health savings accounts to cover more medical services.
The Buckeye Institute: Removing Restrictions on Nurses Will Improve Access to Health Care and Reduce Costs
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, testified Tuesday before the Ohio House Health Committee on the policies in House Bill 177, which would lift unnecessary restrictions placed on nurses that drive up health care costs and limit access to care for Ohioans.
New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Electric Car Subsidies in Arizona Benefit Wealthier Citizens at the Expense of Lower-Income Families
The Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute, in partnership with the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, released new research that found, in an effort to encourage the purchase of electric cars, low- and middle-income Arizonans are subsidizing wealthier Arizonans who can afford new and more expensive electric cars. The report, It Ain’t Easy Being Green: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Electric Vehicles in Arizona, revealed that while policymakers may have good intentions in considering additional subsidies for electric car owners, the subsidies lead to bad outcomes for many Arizonans.
In The Cincinnati Enquirer, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at the budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives, writing, “The House budget includes some sound tax policies and promising improvements, but if the Ohio Senate fails to tap the brakes on the proposed ‘crazy train’ spending roaring out of the House of Representatives, the Ohio taxpayer will be on board for a spectacular economic train wreck.”
In an opinion piece on Watchdog.org, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at the policies in House Bill 6, writing, “Ohio lawmakers recently introduced legislation to subsidize the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants, reportedly to the tune of $150 million per year. Government subsidies and corporate bailouts interfere with free markets and allow governments – rather than consumers and competition – to pick the private sector’s ‘winners and losers.’”