Policy Briefs

Nuclear Power Subsidy: A Radioactive Proposal for Ohio

by Quinn Beeson June 20, 2017

Ohio has two nuclear power plants. Both the Davis-Besse and the Perry nuclear plants are owned and operated by FirstEnergy. Both plants are failing. FirstEnergy’s latest proposal to save the plants, the ZEN program, calls for more government subsidies and higher costs for local electricity consumers. The better course would be to maintain free and competitive energy markets, even if it means that Ohio loses two unprofitable nuclear plants.

New Buckeye Institute and Tax Foundation Book Illustrates That Ohio’s Tax System is in Need of Reform

June 07, 2017

Columbus, OH – A new book released today by The Buckeye Institute and the Tax Foundation, Ohio Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxes and the Economy, provides a detailed overview of the state’s economy and tax code and highlights areas where Ohio’s tax system is most in need of reform.

Ohio Should Follow Its Own Lead to Safely Reduce Its Prison Population

by Daniel J. Dew January 27, 2017

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.

Impact of Renewable Portfolio Energy Standards on the Economy

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. and Joe Nichols December 15, 2016

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.

Ohio Needs and Wants Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

by Daniel J. Dew November 15, 2016

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.

Revisiting How to Expand Healthcare in Ohio

by Greg R. Lawson November 15, 2016

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.

Increasing Job Opportunities for Military Families

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Bryanna Austin November 10, 2016

Ohio's occupational licensing regulations place a disproportionate burden on military families and spouses who move frequently from state-to-state while serving our country. 

Returning Health Care Power to the States

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Dennis G. Smith September 21, 2016

When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it transferred significant regulatory power from the states and placed the health insurance coverage of millions of Americans under the direct authority of the federal government.

Why Project Labor Agreement Reform is Needed

by Greg R. Lawson April 14, 2016

Last year, Ohio legislators scrutinized the harmful economic impacts of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Finding PLAs wasteful and inefficient, policymakers proposed including a serious reform measure in the biennial budget.

Watch the Pork: Focus State Dollars on Essential Government Services

by Greg R. Lawson April 04, 2016

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.