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’s policy brief, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How Ohio Can Fight the Impact of Coronavirus, was highlighted in the Washington Examiner with columnist Quin Hillyer writing of Buckeye’s suggestions, “While the suggestions are Ohio-specific, other states certainly could, and in most cases probably should, emulate them.”
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.
On the Caffeinated Thoughts blog, Buckeye’s Andrew Kidd and TEF-Iowa’s John Hendrickson look how tax reform in Iowa can lead to relief for taxpayers and economic growth for the state. Kidd and Hendrickson write, “The Invest in Iowa Act takes a solid stride on a better path forward, but it is not the final word on tax reform…Even lower income tax rates and fewer special interest carve-outs and credits, for example, would help Iowa get off the ‘least tax-friendly states in the nation’ list.”
A lawsuit appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court is challenging the doctrine of exclusive representation that gives teachers unions the sole right to negotiate teachers’ salaries with school districts, even the salaries of non-members. Choice Media’s Bob Bowdon looks at The Buckeye Institute’s case to end to laws that force public-sector employees to accept compelled union representation.
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.
In The Blade, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson urges the Toledo City Council avoid adding new occupational licenses for drywall professionals, writing, “City council’s proposal to license drywall professionals will do little to protect the health and safety of the citizens, and a city license, which compels competent drywall installers to pay a fee, will only make it more difficult for people to gain employment.”
In The Des Moines Register, Buckeye’s Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D.; and John Hendrickson, with Tax Education Foundation Iowa, look at pro-growth strategies that Iowa policymakers can pursue that will allow Iowans to keep more of their hard-earned money. The two write, “State policymakers should take full advantage of Iowa’s economic strength and surpluses to pursue pro-growth tax reforms—without delay…Now is the time to act to bring about reforms that can propel the state, along with its families and businesses, forward economically and make Iowa a national leader in good tax policy.”
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., looks at two innovative solutions policymakers can implement to help make Ohio a more attractive place to live and start a business, which would help reverse Ohio’s negative economic trends. Kidd writes, “policymakers cannot maintain the status quo and expect Ohio to turn around economically.”
In The Columbus Dispatch, Brianna McKinnon, a special-education teacher and a military spouse whose family is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, urges the Ohio General Assembly to adopt the policies in Senate Bill 7, writing, “Ohio should no longer ask its military families to make yet another sacrifice in service to the country. The Air Force asks its men and women in uniform to “Aim High,” and the Army once challenged young recruits to “Be All You Can Be.” Ohio should not stand in the way of military spouses heeding that advice and accepting that challenge at home or at work.”