Policy Research & Reports
In a new policy report, #StudentsFirst: Empowering Parents to Help Students Regain Lost Learning, The Buckeye Institute outlines how empowering parents, funding students first, and enhancing school choice can counteract the ill effects the pandemic had on learning loss for Ohio’s K-12 students. “Families deserve these reforms as their students struggle to overcome the negative long-term effects of the pandemic protocols that cost them valuable years of learning.”
Through legislation, local ordinances, ballot initiatives, executive orders, and constitutional amendments, states across the country continued to modify their criminal justice rules and procedures in 2020. Changes ranged from new rules for searches and seizures to pardons and voting rights for convicted felons. Although not an exhaustive list of every new criminal justice rule or legislation, the following overview accounts for the most common and significant state and local criminal laws enacted in 2020.
In a new policy memo, Help Cities Transition to New Tax System, The Buckeye Institute recommends that Ohio lawmakers use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) tax dollars to help localities modernize their tax systems to be less reliant on “dwindling commuter taxes.” This memo is the third in a series that counsels state policymakers to “resist the temptation to spend taxpayer dollars foolishly and instead spend wisely on areas that need genuine financial assistance.”
In a new policy memo, Expand Ohio ACE & Adopt a “Students First” Approach to Education Funding, The Buckeye Institute urged Ohio lawmakers to transition to a “students first” approach to education funding and use a portion of the $2.6 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to expand the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment program for students who lost classroom time during the pandemic. “To prevent further long-term damage, lawmakers should give families the financial resources needed to help close the educational gaps exposed by the pandemic.”
The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio’s Communities to Avoid Using Federal Tax Dollars to Build and Expand GONs
In a new policy memo, Better Ways to Build & Expand Broadband Service in Ohio, The Buckeye Institute cautioned communities across the state to “resist the temptation to build or expand government-owned broadband networks (GON) with the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) tax dollars.” Instead, the memo urges community leaders to rely on “efficient, taxpayer-friendly partnerships with private broadband providers to build or expand broadband service or offer service vouchers to consumers in underserved areas of the state.”
New Buckeye Institute Report Outlines How Ohio Can Modernize its Economy to Seize New Economic Opportunities
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy report, Policy Solutions for More Innovation: Modernizing Ohio’s Policies to Seize New Economic Opportunities, which offers lawmakers policy solutions that, if adopted, would structurally reform Ohio’s outdated economic system, help reverse troubling economic trends, and return the Buckeye State to economic prosperity and leadership. “By adopting the solutions that The Buckeye Institute outlines, policymakers will better enable Ohio to regain its economic footing and achieve long-term economic success.”
In a new policy memo, How Ohio Should Spend Phase II of American Rescue Plan Funds, The Buckeye Institute recommends that Ohio use its second payment from the American Rescue Plan Act to “replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund to its pre-pandemic balance and safeguard families and businesses from future downturns and tax increases.” To take advantage of a federal grace period and avoid a “maintenance of effort” provision, state lawmakers must adopt this strategic use-of-funds policy before April 1, 2022.
In a new policy memo, Ohio’s Data Privacy Tradeoff, The Buckeye Institute outlined how lawmakers can improve the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (House Bill 376) to make good policy even better. While the “legislation is not perfect and improvements can be made,” the “Ohio Personal Privacy Act would be among the best data privacy laws enacted or being considered.”
The Buckeye Institute Assesses Consequences of Proposed Wyoming Medicaid Expansion in New Policy Brief
The Buckeye Institute released its latest policy brief, Federal Rates are Temporary, But Expansion is Forever: The Significant Financial Risks for States Considering Medicaid Expansion, which outlines the permanent consequences for Wyoming should it opt into Medicaid expansion and later seek to opt-out. “Advocates of an opt-in/opt-out strategy for Medicaid expansion in Wyoming naïvely assume that Medicaid expansion can be explored risk-free when a clear reading of NFIB v. Sebelius states otherwise.”
New Buckeye Institute Report Offers a Blueprint for How Ohio Cities Can Transition to a More Sustainable Tax System
The Buckeye Institute released a new report, Sustainable Ohio: How to Fund Ohio’s Cities in the 21st Century, which offers a blueprint for how Ohio can move away from its outmoded local income tax system—that heavily relies on nonresident taxpayers—and towards a property or sales tax system that will fund city services in a much more sustainable way. By transitioning to the new funding system Ohio’s cities can better provide government services, attract and retain businesses and workers, and offer residents the economic growth and opportunity they deserve.