If Ohio does not address its growing prison population soon, the state may need to spend $1 billion to build a new prison, in addition to the $1.7 billion it now spends annually to incarcerate approximately 51,000 inmates. At 134% capacity, the state’s prisons are woefully overcrowded and Ohio risks a court ordering the immediate release of a percentage of the prisoners like California was forced to do in 2011.
Advocates for the energy standards contend that the renewed mandates will spur job-growth in Ohio’s renewable energy and energy-efficiency sectors. Unfortunately, as The Buckeye Institute has recently explained, good news for green energy companies will be heavily offset by damage to the rest of Ohio’s economy—particularly in the energy-intensive manufacturing sector.
Civil asset forfeiture is a unique legal procedure that allows the government to file a civil lawsuit to take full ownership of private property without a criminal conviction. Ohio’s civil asset forfeiture rules need reform in order to better protect citizens, remedy bad incentives, avoid federal “equitable sharing,” and make the process more transparent.
With more than a million Ohioans who need more healthcare than they currently receive, the demand for quality care exceeds Ohio’s supply of doctors and nurses. As demand outpaces supply, the cost of treatment continues to rise and even basic medical care grows increasingly unaffordable for indigent and lower-income communities.
Ohio’s capital budget process takes place every two years. The state’s new capital budget will be unveiled in April and many expect it to boast nearly $2 billion in appropriations. Unfortunately, many also estimate that approximately $150 million of that budget will be set aside to fund local pet projects—otherwise known as pork.