In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at the $350 billion earmarked for bailing out state and local governments included in the newest COVID package that the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are about to finalize, writing, “[T]he state bailouts, however well-intended, are flawed — giving far too much money to states that don't need it and rewarding other states that have mismanaged their own finances. The price tag, earmark formulas and disincentives are all wrong.”
On February 24, The Buckeye Institute joined the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a panel discussion on the future of criminal justice reform and drug sentencing reform in Ohio. In addition to Andrew J. Geisler, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, panelists included Sara Andrews, executive director of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission; Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist at the ACLU of Ohio; Micah Derry, state director for the Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity; and Kyle Strickland, deputy director of race and democracy at the Roosevelt Institute and senior legal analyst at Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
State budgets didn’t suffer the fate that was so widely predicted as COVID-19 began spreading throughout the U.S. Logan Kolas, economic policy analyst at The Buckeye Institute and Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, join Cato’s Caleb O. Brown to discuss why.
In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute looks at D.C.’s state and local bailout package with Logan Kolas, writing, “As part of Washington, D.C.’s spending bonanza, House Democrats outlined a proposal to send state and local governments in Ohio more than $11 billion—more than half of which would go into state coffers. This aid is on top of the roughly $400 billion in pandemic relief, which included aid for schools, that the federal government sent state and local governments in 2020, and as we recently learned, this taxpayer-funded windfall is not necessary.”
In a new piece, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at prescription drug rebate walls, writing, they are “one of the murkiest, least transparent practices in health care—and perhaps it is time for a routine check-up. The attorney general’s office can help by examining rebate wall policies, potentially anti-competitive practices, and the net prices paid for prescription drugs by Ohio health insurers.”
In a piece for the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Buckeye Institute explores the future of criminal justice reform in Ohio. In the article, Andrew Geisler, legal fellow with The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, writes, “State policymakers took a significant step forward in passing House Bill 1. However, additional criminal justice and sentencing reforms remain necessary. Policymakers and advocates should continue to ask: How can Ohio treat non-violent offenders more fairly? What policy tools will reduce the state’s prison population to prevent overcrowding? And how can Ohio work from a rigorous data-driven baseline rather than anecdotal evidence?”
In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute’s Logan Kolas looks at how Ohio can build on a relatively successful economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming budget, writing, “Ohio has a chance to build on a relatively successful economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive budget should take it. As he sets spending priorities for the next two years, DeWine should limit proposed spending increases, cut unnecessary spending, and strategically use the state’s rainy day fund to keep Ohio on a prosperous, sustainable fiscal path.”
In a new blog post, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson points out that the failures of the IRS to smoothly send out the second round of economic stimulus payments raises serious questions about the agency’s ability to successfully implement a “free” online tax filing system and pre-prepare tax returns for Americans as some have unwisely proposed.
In a piece for Cleveland‑Marshall College of Law’s Your Witness forum, The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt urges that the reform of Ohio’s drug laws in Senate Bill 3 will give hope to those suffering from addiction and punish those who are truly responsible. Alt writes, “These welcome reforms address an ongoing crisis that Ohio has neglected for too long… We have already lost too many Ohioans. We can do better.”
In a new blog, The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson urged the Ohio General Assembly to end all taxpayer-funded subsidies, writing, “In the wake of the scandal surrounding the passage of House Bill 6, the Ohio General Assembly is now considering delaying the new charges, which were imposed to subsidize several nuclear and coal power plants in Ohio and Indiana. However, Ohioans deserve more than a delay, they deserve an end to taxpayer-funded subsidies, entirely.”