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Robert Alt

Put the kids first, Ohio: It’s time for ESAs

Robert Alt May 10, 2021

In a piece for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Gadfly, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, urges the Ohio General Assembly to “take a student-first approach” to K-12 funding to “significantly improve education outcomes for students in every corner of the state,” writing that through education savings accounts “Ohio could help students at every income level, of every race, and in every neighborhood of the state pay for learning that is right for them.”

Washington Has No Authority to Dictate State Taxes

Robert Alt May 07, 2021

Ohio and 20 others are suing to challenge an unconstitutional poison pill in the COVID relief law. In The Wall Street Journal, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, writes, “Congressional Democrats last month quietly attempted one of the most sweeping takeovers of state policy making in American history. The ill-conceived American Rescue Plan Act offered states nearly $200 billion in emergency pandemic-relief funding. As is often the case with ‘free’ money, there was a catch.”

The Buckeye Institute Appeals Columbus Municipal Income Tax Case

Robert Alt April 28, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after Buckeye filed its notice of appeal with Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals in Buckeye v. Kilgore—a case challenging the City of Columbus’s application of local income tax to nonresidents who did not work in Columbus for extended periods of time during the pandemic—saying, “The Ohio Supreme Court has been perfectly clear in binding decisions stating that cities lack the authority to tax residents who neither work nor live there.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio House-Passed Budget is Another Missed Opportunity to Adopt Bold Reforms

Robert Alt April 21, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after the Ohio House of Representative passed House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial budget, saying, “As the Ohio Senate continues its own work on the budget, The Buckeye Institute urges lawmakers to cut unnecessary spending, give parents the tools and resources they need to ensure their children’s educational success, and offer weary Ohioans and Ohio’s economy a boost by enacting meaningful tax relief.”

Governor DeWine Signs Buckeye Institute-Championed Nuclear Bailout Repeal

Robert Alt March 31, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement upon Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing House Bill 128, which repeals the ill-advised taxpayer-funded nuclear bailout included in House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly, saying, “With the stroke of a pen, a substantial part of Ohio’s two-year-long April Fools’ Joke on taxpayers has finally come to an end.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Should Disclose Party ID on Judicial Election Ballots

Robert Alt March 25, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in House Bill 149, which would disclose party identification on general election ballots in Ohio’s judicial races. In his testimony, Alt noted that including party identification would catalyze higher levels of voter engagement in general elections for Ohio’s judges and would clear up confusion in this opaque system that causes fewer Ohioans to cast votes in judicial races.

The Buckeye Institute: Emergency Powers Are Not Limitless

Robert Alt March 24, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement upon the Ohio General Assembly’s override of Governor Mike DeWine’s veto of Ohio Senate Bill 22, saying, “The use of extraordinary emergency powers must be subject to democratic checks and balances, and Buckeye applauds Ohio’s General Assembly for enforcing this check while still allowing Ohio to respond to genuine emergencies.”

The Buckeye Institute: Disclosing Party ID on Ballots in Judicial Races Provides Voters with Relevant Information

Robert Alt March 23, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, testified before the Ohio Senate Local Government and Elections Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 80, which would allow party identification on general election ballots in Ohio’s judicial races. In his testimony, Alt urged lawmakers to correct Ohio’s “flawed policy that reduces voter engagement in judicial elections” and “requires judicial candidates to identify by party, and then denies voters that very same information.”
 

The Buckeye Institute Strongly Applauds Ohio AG Yost for Fighting Federal “Tax Mandate”

Robert Alt March 17, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement upon Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit to stop enforcement of the “Tax Mandate” included in the American Rescue Plan, which would forbid Ohio’s elected officials from determining tax policy in the Buckeye State.

For remote workers, taxation without representation

Robert Alt and Andrew Cline March 10, 2021

In The Sun, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, and Andrew Cline, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord, NH, look at the issue at the center of New Hampshire v. Massachusetts—the unconstitutional income taxes that remote Granite State workers are required to continue paying to Massachusetts—a state where they do not live, cannot vote, and no longer work.