Columbus, OH – At a press conference with Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Dr. James Broughel, a research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer Robert Alt highlighted the negative impact of government regulations on Ohio’s economic growth and the burden of occupational licensing specifically.
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Senate Bill 255 saying, “No one denies that state licensing requirements are needed in some cases and industries to ensure public safety…But these concerns fade quickly when applied to auctioneers, travel guides, and hairdressers—all of whom are subject to Ohio’s byzantine licensing requirements.”
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on Senate Bill 135, saying, “The capital budget—and not a separate funding bill—is the more appropriate legislative vehicle for funding state infrastructure and core government responsibilities.”
Dissent Reveals Growing List of Supreme Court Justices Agree with The Buckeye Institute About Administrative Agency Overreach
Columbus, OH – Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer, issued the following statement following the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States declining to hear Garco Construction, Inc. v. Secretary of the Army—a case that challenged administrative state and federal government overreach.
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony today to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on Senate Bill 226. Pointing to a report by the non-partisan Tax Foundation, Lawson said of sales tax holidays, they “represent more of a gimmick than fundamental reform.”
The Buckeye Institute: “Sue and Settle” Circumvents Constitutional Role of the Peoples’ Elected Representatives to Make Policy
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on House Bill 301, calling the policy of “sue and settle” a “pernicious but all-too-common practice” that “circumvent[s] the constitutional prerogative of the General Assembly to make policy.”
The Buckeye Institute: Capital Budget Riddled with Pork Projects that Benefit Only Narrow Local Interests
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on House Bill 529, Ohio’s 2018 capital budget, where he highlighted Buckeye's list of Top 10 Worst Capital Budget Requests, “We highlight more than $18 million of taxpayer dollars spent on pork projects that benefit only narrow local interests and not broader statewide needs. And that $18 million is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. All of the special interest projects combined pushes that total to at least $85 million.”
The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Employment Rate Springs Ahead, While Unemployment Still Above National Average
Columbus, OH – Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist at the Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute; and Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the ERC and vice president of policy at Buckeye, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on House Bill 506. In his testimony, Lawson drew attention to a growing problem in Ohio – special interests pursuing constitutional amendment referendums in order to circumvent the legislature or force the legislature to consider legislation that they might not otherwise take up.