How did states alter the landscape of policing and broader criminal justice issues in 2020? Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute and author of a forthcoming Federalist Society report on criminal justice reform in the states, joins Caleb O. Brown, host of the Cato Daily Podcast, to discuss recent trends in state-level criminal justice reform.
In the Dayton Daily News, The Buckeye Institute looks at how the pandemic continues to impact Ohio’s school children, families, and businesses and recommends that policymakers “build and reform existing child tax credits to make early child care and education more affordable.” “Big government has made life and child rearing more expensive, and families with young children do need help. But that help should come with more choice, not less, and with more tax relief, not higher taxes driven by more government spending.”
In The Lima News, The Buckeye Institute highlights how Ohio’s new Afterschool Child Enrichment Education Savings Account Program will help parents afford desperately-needed resources to improve their children’s educational outcomes. “[S]tate policymakers...have recognized the educational challenges that families face—and the financial burdens that those challenges can pose. To help, state leaders have expanded school choice options to reach more students and families, offering them more than a one-size-fits-all, hand-me-down approach to public education.”
In a new piece, The Buckeye Institute and ExcelinEd highlight Ohio’s new education savings account program—the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program. “Thanks to these new initiatives, Ohio has empowered parents and protected students. As children return to the classroom and families recover from the pandemic’s disruptive and uncertain consequences, Ohio has done well to budget more flexibility, innovation, and affordability for learning—the ABCs of student-first education.”
In the wake of stock market bubbles hitting companies like GameStop and AMC Theatres, Congress is once again searching for “solutions.” Unsurprisingly, Congress’s solution—dubbed the Short Sale Transparency and Market Fairness Act—would increase regulatory burdens substantially, this time on investment fund managers, and, according to government regulators, would provide little beneficial information compared to existing reporting requirements.
In The Columbus Dispatch, The Buckeye Institute, looks at the wins in Ohio’s recently passed budget, writing, “Ohio’s budget delivers strong victories, reducing and streamlining taxes, enhancing school choice, and expanding successful criminal justice reform. The fiscal belt should have been tightened and more fat could have been trimmed — moves that will be needed later for sustainability — but across-the-board tax cuts and smart policy reforms extend Ohio’s winning streak and give us all something to cheer.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”