Rea S. Hederman Jr.

The Buckeye Institute: COVID-19 Pandemic Devastates Ohio’s Workforce

Rea S. Hederman Jr. May 22, 2020

Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “In the first jobs report after Ohio shutdown due to the coronavirus, the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed—as expected—from 5.8 percent in March to 16.8 percent in April, with the number of employed workers dropping by 823,700, the sharpest decline ever recorded.”

The Buckeye Institute: Pandemic Threatens Mental Health Too

Rea S. Hederman Jr. May 11, 2020

In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Remove Barriers to Mental Health Services, The Buckeye Institute outlines why Ohio should permanently remove barriers that prevent out-of-state mental health professionals from treating Ohioans and practicing in the state. “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only Ohioans physical health, but also our mental health, and any increase in mental illness or difficulties will require more treatment from therapists and mental health providers.”

The Buckeye Institute Offers a Roadmap to Reopen Ohio Safely

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Greg R. Lawson April 29, 2020

In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Roadmap to Reopen Ohio Safely, The Buckeye Institute outlines several principles that should guide policymakers along the “road back to normal.” In the memo, Buckeye offers policy solutions on how to protect public health, how to jumpstart a dormant economy, how to balance Ohio’s budget, and how to prepare Ohio for tomorrow.

The Buckeye Institute: To Fight COVID-19 Ohio Should Allow Nurses to Provide the Medical Care They Are Trained to Provide

Rea S. Hederman Jr. April 08, 2020

In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Lifting Restrictions on Nurses to Fight COVID-19, The Buckeye Institute calls for Ohio to end the collaborative supervision requirements that prevent advanced practice registered nurses from offering the medical care they have been trained and licensed to provide.

Moves by state can get us through pandemic

Rea S. Hederman Jr. April 01, 2020

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at policy solutions that can get Ohio through the pandemic. Hederman writes, “Responding to COVID-19 requires leadership, fortitude, cooperation and clear thinking. It requires public officials, businesses, volunteer organizations and individuals working together with our health care communities to keep our families healthy and our economy strong. This can and will be done, and Ohio will make a full recovery.”

The Buckeye Institute Outlines Policy Solutions to Fight the Impact of COVID-19 in Ohio

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Lukas Spitzwieser, and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. March 23, 2020

A new policy brief, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How Ohio Can Fight the Impact of Coronavirus, released Monday by The Buckeye Institute, outlines immediate actions Ohio policymakers can take to ensure Ohio is ready to fight and recover from the pandemic. The recommendations focus on policies to boost Ohio’s health care system and support Ohio’s workers, small businesses, and the economy.

Give FERC a Chance

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 06, 2020

In The Center Square, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at a new rule by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that requires wholesale electricity grid operator, PJM, to set a new price floor for bids to supply electric capacity to PJM’s 13-state mid-Atlantic/Midwest region. State utility regulators in the region are unimpressed by the rule some have even threatened to leave the PJM market altogether. Such threats are premature and could be bad for customers.

The Buckeye Institute Comments on Appeals Court Ruling on Medicaid Work Requirements

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 14, 2020

Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued the following statement on the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Gresham v. Azar that overturned Medicaid work and community engagement requirements.

As State Lawmakers Get Back to Work, What Happens to Excess Revenue?

Rea S. Hederman Jr. January 14, 2020

When state governments run surpluses, the temptation to spend is almost irresistible. Rea S. Hederman Jr. of The Buckeye Institute joins Caleb O. Brown on the CATO Daily Podcast to discuss what should happen to those excess tax dollars.

New Buckeye Institute Research Outlines Policy Changes that Could Grow Iowa’s Economy by $610 Million

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. December 19, 2019

A new report, A Better Path Forward for Iowa Tax Reform, released Monday by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that if Iowa policymakers implemented additional tax reforms the state could experience an additional $610 million in economic growth and taxpayers could save nearly $1,250 annually. The research was conducted in partnership with Tax Education Foundation Iowa, which conducts pro-taxpayer education and research and informs Iowans about the impacts of taxes and spending, and the principles of limited government.