Blog Posts

Government should not own broadband networks

Greg R. Lawson June 21, 2021

In the Akron Beacon Journal, The Buckeye Institute highlights the downside of government-owned and controlled internet broadband service. Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, writes, “The Buckeye Institute has noted numerous examples, from more than a decade of research, of GONs offering services that are already available from private providers, failing to attract enough customers to achieve financial stability and opaquely channeling taxpayer dollars away from critical government services.”

Ohio wisely declines more federal unemployment funds

Logan Kolas June 13, 2021

In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute outlines why the decision to end participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program was the right decision for Ohio, with Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst with the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute, writing, “Ohio should prioritize policies and incentives that get Ohioans back to work and its businesses back to business as usual.”

States Opting Out of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

Logan Kolas May 29, 2021

Many state leaders frustrated with the slow pace of re‐employment have opted to quit offering enhanced unemployment benefits. Logan Kolas, economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute, joins Caleb O. Brown, host of the Cato Daily Podcast, to discuss what that means for Ohio and many other states.

How We Fund the Government Matters…A Lot

Logan Kolas May 18, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute looks at the impact different types of taxes have on Ohio’s economy. Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst with The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, writes, “The [Congressional Budget Office] has confirmed what we and other economists have explained time and again: Taxes—and how governments levy them—matter.”

Ohio’s flawed justice system allows some to buy freedom, others to wait in jail

Andrew J. Geisler May 15, 2021

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute urges Ohio policymakers to reform Ohio’s broken cash bail system, which “allows cash bail to serve as an illegitimate proxy for public safety, allowing dangerous defendants to pay cash to offset their threat to public safety.” Andrew J. Geisler, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute, writes, “Policymakers can codify the Supreme Court’s presumption of release rule and take additional steps to ensure that state courts treat all defendants fairly in the pretrial decision.”

Eviction Moratorium Dubious Impact

Rea S. Hederman Jr. May 12, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute looks at the impact of eviction moratoriums, writing, “[A] better policy would encourage voluntary forbearance and reductions rather than impose them by government fiat. Federal, state, and local governments should lift the eviction moratoriums and give emergency federal assistance a chance to help. If smaller landlords lose their rental properties, the long-term side-effects of well-intended fiat policies may prove worse than the disease.”

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.”

An Unconstitutional Local Tax Grab

Jay R. Carson and Patrick Wright April 11, 2021

In a piece for National Review, The Buckeye Institute and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy look at unconstitutional local tax grabs. Authors Jay Caron, senior litigator at The Buckeye Institute, and Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center in Michigan write, “What’s a city official to do when a pandemic slams tax revenue? In our home states of Michigan and Ohio, state and local leaders have an odd — and unconstitutional — answer. They want cities to tax people who neither live nor work within their limits.”

Time to Expand Ohio’s T-CAP Program Statewide

Andrew J. Geisler April 07, 2021

In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute urges lawmakers to expand Ohio’s successful T-CAP program to all 88 counties. The program—which Andrew J. Geisler notes “reduce[s] prison overcrowding, save[s] taxpayer dollars on incarceration, and help[s] low-level, non-violent offenders get the treatment and rehabilitation they need to re-enter society successfully”—offers a cost-effective way to give offenders an opportunity at a second chance while still ensuring they pay their debt to society.