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Policy Research and Reports

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.