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Blog Posts

Going back to school with federal education savings accounts

Greg R. Lawson July 02, 2020

In The Hill, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson outlines how education savings accounts—paid for with existing taxpayer dollars—would provide additional flexibility for families looking to navigate these turbulent waters with their K-12 children, writing, “COVID-19 has strained state resources across the board, and state and local education spending likely will remain under pressure for the foreseeable future. A federal ESA offers timely benefits that can build on a state’s successful school choice programs.”

Another Tax Filing Delay Sounds Nice, But Congress Should Not Do It Twice

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 29, 2020

On Buckeye’s blog, Rea Hederman urges Congress to stick to the July 15 tax-filing deadline, writing that delaying the filing deadline again would be a “well-intended mistake that could have several unintended and adverse consequences for states, school districts, and taxpayers.” Hederman calls on state and federal policymakers to “maintain the current July 15 deadline and offer taxpayers meaningful tax relief,” such as delaying federal tax payments without charging penalties or interest.

Liability protection and online resources are critical

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 22, 2020

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at a prescription for Ohio’s economic recovery, writing, “Ohio’s economic road to recovery will be a bumpy one. These unprecedented times require bold, swift leadership not only to prevent a medical crisis, but to stop a bad economic episode from becoming a permanent catastrophe. The governor showed courage and resolve at the beginning of the crisis. That same bold resolve will be needed now as Ohio looks to get back to work quickly and safely.”
 

How lawyers planted seeds for potential Supreme Court showdown on union power

June 17, 2020

Buckeye’s Robert Alt talks to FoxNews.com about its cases to end forced union exclusive representation. The feature was part of FoxNews.com’s series, How Justice Happens, which “takes a look behind the scenes of Supreme Court litigation at the people involved in the cases, the work that goes into the arguments and the strategy of winning an audience before the highest court in the land.”

Ohio needs flexible and affordable school choice, especially under COVID-19’s ongoing threat

Greg R. Lawson June 08, 2020

In the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Ohio Gadfly, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson writes, “Now more than ever Ohio needs well-designed ESA and school-choice programs that foster flexibility and affordability. Ohio doesn’t need regressive lawsuits and anti-education efforts designed to wrest control away from parents, limit learning options, and further empower the public school monolith that has failed our children for too long.” 

Drug sentencing reform is the right policy for Ohio

Robert Alt May 26, 2020

The Buckeye Institute has long advocated for the important policy changes included in Senate Bill 3. In an piece for The Center Square, Buckeye’s Robert Alt outlines why these reforms are so important, writing, "The Ohio Senate will soon vote on a criminal justice reform bill...This new measure will go a long way toward reducing Ohio’s prison population and helping to ensure that those suffering from addiction receive necessary treatment, return home to their families, and can find and keep work without a low-level 'felony possession' preemptively disqualifying them at their next job interview."

Unlocking opportunity in Ohio

Robert Alt May 26, 2020

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, joins Melissa Mann on the Atlas Network's AtlasNexus Podcast to tell the stories of everyday people who have been impacted by the think tank's work to reform occupational licensing and the criminal justice system in Ohio.

Ohio should expand school choice during the coronavirus crisis, not constrict it

Greg R. Lawson May 20, 2020

On Cleveland.com, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at education policies that put the needs of families and students first, writing, “Rather than end a program that has benefited thousands of Ohio’s children, and return to the one-size-fits all education approach that has failed so many students, policymakers should look for smart and innovative solutions that put the needs of students and families first.”

Let’s keep removing barriers to health care

James B. Woodward, Ph.D. May 08, 2020

In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s James Woodward, Ph.D., outlines how Ohio can expand access to health care—particularly in rural Ohio— by permanently expanding access to telehealth, reducing employment barriers for advanced practice registered nurses, allowing pharmacists to provide the medical care they are trained to provide and recognizing out-of-state licenses for medical professionals.

Moves by state can get us through pandemic

Rea S. Hederman Jr. April 01, 2020

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.”