Policy Research & Reports

The Buckeye Institute: Universal Occupational Licensing Reciprocity Can Fix Ohio’s Broken System

Greg R. Lawson January 21, 2020

In a new policy brief, Universal Licensing Reciprocity: How to Welcome Workers to Ohio, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson outlines why Ohio should adopt universal occupational licensing reciprocity, writing, “Opening the door to universal licensing reciprocity will make Ohio more attractive to already-licensed professionals, eliminate superfluous and expensive burdens on newcomers, and continue the ongoing effort to end the ‘Mother-may-I?’ approach to earning a living in Ohio.”

New Buckeye Institute Research Outlines Policy Changes that Could Grow Iowa’s Economy by $610 Million

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. December 19, 2019

A new report, A Better Path Forward for Iowa Tax Reform, released Monday by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that if Iowa policymakers implemented additional tax reforms the state could experience an additional $610 million in economic growth and taxpayers could save nearly $1,250 annually. The research was conducted in partnership with Tax Education Foundation Iowa, which conducts pro-taxpayer education and research and informs Iowans about the impacts of taxes and spending, and the principles of limited government.

The Buckeye Institute Releases Economic Freedom of North America 2019

December 16, 2019

Ohio ranks an unimpressive 37th out of all 50 states in this year’s Economic Freedom of North America report, released by the Economic Research Center at 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. 

As Lawmakers Review Ohio’s Occupational Licenses, The Buckeye Institute Identifies 30 Licenses Ohio Can Eliminate or Reform

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Greg R. Lawson, and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. December 05, 2019

As the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee prepares to issue its first review of Ohio occupational licenses, The Buckeye Institute issued its newest policy brief, Opening Doors: Occupational Licensing Reform in Ohio After Senate Bill 255, where it identified 30 licenses that the state can eliminate or where training hours can be reduced, saving Ohioans hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, and countless hours in training. 

In New Whitepaper for The Federalist Society, Buckeye’s Robert Alt Surveys Criminal Justice Reforms In States Across the Country

Robert Alt July 10, 2019

In a new whitepaper for The Federalist Society, Robert Alt, a nationally-recognized leader in criminal justice reform, and president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, outlines a sampling of the significant strides states across the country took in reforming their criminal justice laws throughout 2018.

New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Electric Car Subsidies in Arizona Benefit Wealthier Citizens at the Expense of Lower-Income Families

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Tyler Shankel, and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. June 05, 2019

The Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute, in partnership with the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, released new research that found, in an effort to encourage the purchase of electric cars, low- and middle-income Arizonans are subsidizing wealthier Arizonans who can afford new and more expensive electric cars. The report, It Ain’t Easy Being Green: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Electric Vehicles in Arizona, revealed that while policymakers may have good intentions in considering additional subsidies for electric car owners, the subsidies lead to bad outcomes for many Arizonans.

New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Returning $658 Million Surplus to Taxpayers Would Lead to 6,600 New Jobs Annually

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D. and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. May 20, 2019

As the Ohio Senate continues its work on Ohio’s 2020-2021 biennial budget, The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center released a new policy brief, How to Grow Ohio’s Economy: Return the Budget Surplus to Taxpayers, which found that returning $658 million to taxpayers—through permanent lower taxes— would lead to 6,600 more jobs annually.

As Debate Over House Bill 6 Rages, New Buckeye Institute Policy Brief Looks at Unnecessary and Harmful RPS Mandates

Tyler Shankel May 08, 2019

In its newest policy brief, Renewables Mandate: A Drag on Ohio’s Economy, the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute looks at the impact Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have on Ohio’s families and businesses. The mandates are part of the debate on House Bill 6, which creates a taxpayer funded subsidy to prop-up declining businesses—namely the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants.

New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Alaska’s Proposed Tax Increases Would Lead to Fewer Jobs and Not Close the Budget Gap

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., Tyler Shankel, and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. April 18, 2019

A new report, Unsustainable Spending: The State of Alaska’s Budget and Economy, released today by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that raising taxes would not raise the revenue needed to address Alaska’s $1.6 billion budget shortfall, and would lead to fewer jobs for Alaskans. The research was conducted in conjunction with the Alaska Policy Forum, a non-profit think tank that promotes policies that grow freedom for all Alaskans.

The Buckeye Institute Releases Famous Piglet Book, Finds $2.5 Billion in Savings for Ohio Taxpayers

Greg R. Lawson April 10, 2019

The Buckeye Institute released its 2019 Piglet Book, which identified $2.5 billion in savings for Ohio taxpayers. The famous Piglet Book is an analysis of Ohio’s proposed biennial budget and offers savings for policymakers to consider as they debate the state’s two-year budget.