Policy Research and Reports

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.

New Buckeye Analysis of Ohio’s Tax & Spending Policies Offers Guidance to 2020 Commission

Bryce Hill October 10, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute released its latest policy brief, Building a Better Future: An Analysis of Ohio’s Tax and Spending Policies, which looks at the tax and spending policies Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have adopted since 2013 and their impact on Ohio’s economic growth.

Nuclear Power Subsidy: A Radioactive Proposal for Ohio

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.