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In Memoriam: Linda Whetstone

December 17, 2021

Some intellectual forces of nature are dreadful bores and terrible dinner companions. Linda Whetstone was exactly the opposite. She personified fun, and her mischievous sense of humor could bring down the house. She made us better, too. She was the brightest star at every event, and was dancing during her Mont Pelerin Society conference at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala last month like she hadn’t a care in the world. That image and her immeasurable impact will live in our hearts forever. 

Robert Alt Talks Vaccine Mandates, Limited Government, and What Anti-Precedents Are on the Kibbe on Liberty Podcast

Robert Alt December 15, 2021

The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt joined Matt Kibbe on his podcast, Kibbe on Liberty, to discuss whether there are any effective legal mechanisms to limit government power when both federal and state officials are dedicated to expanding it as much as possible under the rubric of “emergency measures.” Alt points to historical examples of temporary programs that became permanent, how the courts can stop certain unconstitutional programs, and the terrible legal precedents that led us to where we are today.

Building a 'regulatory sandbox' would help Ohio join the fintech revolution

Logan Kolas November 17, 2021

In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute looks at a “smarter way for Ohio to regulate the rapidly emerging financial technology sector or ‘fintech’,” writing, “Recently introduced legislation…proposes building a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in which fintech companies may test new products or services and experiment in the marketplace under the supervision of expert regulators, but without the added expense of Ohio’s full regulatory regime…Building a smart regulatory sandbox would help consumers and businesses access the banking and capital they need, and help Ohio join the fintech revolution.”

How to restore Ohio's leadership in technology and innovation

Logan Kolas November 14, 2021

In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute looks at how Ohio can become a leader in emerging technologies, writing, “Once a cutting-edge innovator and technology trendsetter, Ohio regrettably lags behind peers that have embraced technological change and innovation by reforming their rules and rewriting regulations to keep up with the times. Now, Ohio must do the same if it wants to reclaim its distinguished, trailblazing glory.”

I Am Challenging the Vaccine Mandate to Protect My Workers' Jobs

Angela Phillips November 11, 2021

At RealClearPolicy, Angela Phillips, who The Buckeye Institute is representing in its lawsuit against President Biden’s vaccine mandate, explains why she is challenging the mandate. Ms. Phillips writes, “Complying with OSHA’s vaccine mandate and testing requirements risks catastrophic financial consequences. It also means firing qualified, well-trained, hardworking employees who rely on their jobs at Phillips Manufacturing & Tower Company to feed their families and pay their mortgages — for no reason other than to avoid draconian federal fines.”

States versus Feds in Emerging Tech

Logan Kolas November 02, 2021

For many emerging technologies states should play a larger role than the federal government in setting rules and regulations. So, what defines technologies where states should have the primary role? Logan Kolas, economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute, joins Caleb O. Brown, host of the Cato Daily Podcast, and outlines the technologies where the federal government should play a muted role in setting the rules of the road.

Democratic Tax Plan Will Squeeze Small Business

Rea S. Hederman Jr. October 01, 2021

On RealClearPolicy, The Buckeye Institute outlines how the Democratic tax and spending plan being debated in Congress will hurt small businesses in Ohio and nationwide, writing, “Some states have worked hard in recent years to grow their economies and recover from the Great Recession by reducing the tax burdens faced by small businesses. Congress and the Biden Administration seem poised to negate those laudable efforts with one of the largest corporate tax hikes in American history...”

Biden’s Lawless Vaccine Mandate

Robert Alt and David B. Rivkin Jr. September 28, 2021

In The Wall Street Journal, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, and David B. Rivkin Jr., a lawyer practicing appellate and constitutional law in Washington, D.C., outline legal arguments against Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alt and Rivkin write that the “mandate far exceeds the authority Congress granted the agency, and if the president can order private companies to dictate such terms of employment, his power to coerce citizens in the name of public health might as well be unlimited.”

Happy Warriors in the Tax Fight: The Buckeye Institute Joins the Giving Ventures Podcast to Discuss How Buckeye Is Providing Reliable State-Level Tax Analysis

Rea S. Hederman Jr. September 28, 2021

In the second episode of Giving Ventures, host and DonorsTrust vice president Peter Lipsett talks taxes with a handful of experts, or “happy warriors,” fighting the good fight in the world of tax policy, including Rea S. Hederman Jr., The Buckeye Institute’s vice president of policy and executive director of the Economic Research Center.

Money in the Pipeline or Money Down the Drain? How to Think About Broadband Spending

Logan Kolas September 23, 2021

Internet access is a key ingredient to make Ohio an emerging technology leader and to give Ohioans the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century economy. By increasing accountability and transparency, using reverse auctions, holding contractors accountable, and exploring new and innovative ways to bridge the digital divide, Ohio lawmakers will ensure that taxpayer dollars are being effectively used to connect Ohioans with life-improving, high-speed internet.