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Policy Reports

New Research by Buckeye’s Economic Research Center Shows How Tax Proposals Would Hurt Louisiana’s Economy

May 17, 2018

Columbus, OHNew research conducted by economists at The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center (ERC) found that tax increases being considered by policymakers in Louisiana would lead to a loss of jobs and a decline in the state’s economy. 

New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Bail Reform Could Save Ohio Communities $67 Million

Daniel J. Dew May 02, 2018

Columbus, OH – In this new research, The Ohio Model for Bail Reform: Retaining Local Flexibility and Saving Money, Daniel J. Dew, and analysts with Buckeye’s Economic Research Center, looked at Summit County, which uses a verified risk-assessment tool to inform pretrial detention decisions. They found that Ohio could see an annual cost savings of $67,136,121 if it reforms its cash bail system and gives judges greater flexibility to use proven, evidence-based, risk-assessment tools to assess the risk an individual poses to the community rather than relying on cash bail.

In New Paper for Mercatus Center, Buckeye's Rea Hederman Looks at Why State Innovation is Key in Health Care Reform

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 27, 2018

In a new study for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Doug Badger and Rea Hederman argue that Congress and the administration should empower states—as opposed to Washington—to devise new ways to make health insurance more affordable for more people. The way to do that is through the ACA's Section 1332. 

New Buckeye Institute Policy Brief Highlights the Problems with Government-Owned Broadband Networks

Greg R. Lawson February 14, 2018

Columbus, OH – In The Buckeye Institute’s most recent policy brief, Broadband “GON” Wrong: Remembering Why Government-Owned Broadband Networks Are Bad for Taxpayers, Greg R. Lawson looks at the problems with government-owned and run networks and their high cost to taxpayers.

As Capital Budget Season Begins, Buckeye’s Newest Report Outlines Principles to Guide Government Spending

Greg R. Lawson and Quinn Beeson February 05, 2018

Columbus, OH – As the Ohio General Assembly prepares to consider the 2018 capital budget, The Buckeye Institute released its most recent report, Principled Spending: Using Ohio’s Capital Budget to Benefit Ohioans. The report outlines three principles policymakers should use in spending taxpayer dollars and recommends using the 2018 capital budget to strengthen Ohio’s physical and democratic infrastructure.

The Buckeye Institute Releases Economic Freedom of North America 2017

December 19, 2017

Columbus, OH – Ohio ranks 35th out of all 50 states in this year’s Economic Freedom of North America report, released today by The Buckeye Institute in partnership with Canada’s Fraser Institute. The report ranks every state and province in North America based on economic freedom as measured by government spending, taxation, and labor market restrictions.

New Buckeye Report Finds Occupational Licensing Hits Older and Lower-Income Workers Hardest

Greg R. Lawson and Bryce Hill December 18, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center released its latest policy report, Still Forbidden to Succeed: The Negative Effects of Occupational Licensing on Ohio’s Workforce. The report found that the burden of Ohio’s occupational licensing requirements has a greater impact on middle-aged and low-income workers, and those without a college degree. In essence, occupational licensing erects barriers to employment to those most in need of good-paying jobs.

New Buckeye Report Finds Ohio’s “Money Bail” System is Dangerous to Communities

Daniel J. Dew December 11, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute released its latest policy report, “Money Bail”: Making Ohio a More Dangerous Place to Live, which looks at the need for Ohio to replace its failing cash bail system with proven risk-assessment tools that provide a fairer, more efficient way to keep Ohio’s communities safe and secure.

Don’t Short Circuit the Ohio Electricity Market

Joe Nichols and Devin Hartman October 16, 2017

The Ohio economy depends on an affordable and reliable supply of electricity. Electricity literally powers modern life for Ohioans as we boot up our computers at the office, charge our phones, and crank up the air conditioning on hot summer days. It’s also a key input for manufacturers, which still make up nearly one-fifth of Ohio’s economy and provide hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with good jobs. Manufacturers typically face tough global competition, and rising electricity prices can contribute to a plant cutting its operations—or even closing.

Competition Will Save Taxpayer Dollars as Ohio Replacing Aging Water & Sewer Lines

Daniel J. Dew October 12, 2017

Ohio has aging water and sewer systems that are constantly in need of repair and many need to be replaced. Unfortunately, some localities are limiting competition by requiring the pipes be made of a more expensive material, when it would be in taxpayer’s interest to consider all materials that are deemed safe.