Policy Research and Reports

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.

New Buckeye Institute Report Finds Louisiana’s Proposal to Raise Taxes Will Hinder Economic Growth

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., Bryce Hill, and Lukas Spitzwieser June 05, 2017

Columbus, OH – A new report, Addressing Louisiana’s Budget Shortfall: Strategies for Growth, released today by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that Louisiana’s proposal to raise taxes to finance more government spending will hinder economic activity and growth. 

New Buckeye Institute Report: ESAs Would Meet Ohio’s Unique Educational Needs

by Greg R. Lawson May 31, 2017

Columbus, OH – On Wednesday, The Buckeye Institute released its latest report, Education Savings Accounts: Expanding Education Options for Ohio, by Greg R. Lawson and Lindsey Burke. This timely new research assesses the benefits of educational savings accounts and calls on Ohio policymakers to adopt this innovative tool, which gives parents the ability to pay for the education services that best meet their child’s individual needs, rather than being forced to use a one-size-fits-all model.

Increasing the Cigarette Tax Will Send Ohio’s Budget Up in Smoke

by Lukas Spitzwieser May 19, 2017

In his latest executive budget, Governor Kasich has again proposed raising Ohio’s tax rates on tobacco products from $1.60 to $2.25 per pack. Mr. Kasich’s budget also proposes raising the tax rate on other tobacco products (OTP) from 17% to 69% of the wholesale price, and extending the OTP tax to include vapor products such as e-cigarettes.

The Buckeye Institute Releases Brand New Piglet Book and Calls on Legislators to Cut the Pork From State Budget

by Greg R. Lawson March 29, 2017

The goal of the 2017 Piglet Book is to give Ohio policymakers’ ideas on ways to restrain the rate of growth in Ohio’s budget while remaining focused on essential services.

The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Ohio Economy

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., and Joe Nichols March 03, 2017

The Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute analyzed the likely economic impacts of the RPS by applying the ERC’s proprietary dynamic model of Ohio’s economy. The ERC’s findings support repealing the mandates entirely.

Fiscal Policy, Theory and Measurement: The State of Wyoming

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. and Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 09, 2017

Wyoming policymakers face many different decisions on how to change fiscal policy to improve growth or fund the government. Using a dynamic macroeconomic model to simulate the Wyoming economy, this paper examines several different policy scenarios where taxes can be raised or lowered to pay for more or less government spending. 

Review of Wyoming's Fiscal Health

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., Tracy C. Miller, Ph.D., and Joe Nichols February 09, 2017

Since 2008, the Wyoming economy has been contracting even as the overall United States economy has been expanding. Job creation is stagnant and Wyomingites are leaving the labor force. State tax revenues are shrinking with the state economy. The sharp downturn in energy commodities is the main culprit behind Wyoming’s downturn. 

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.