Policy Research & Reports

New Buckeye Institute Report Outlines How Ohio Can Become a Leader in Emerging Technologies

Logan Kolas August 25, 2021

The Buckeye Institute released a new policy report, Policy Solutions for More Innovation: A Policy Primer for Emerging Technology in Ohio, which outlines guiding principles and 25 actionable policy recommendations that policymakers should adopt to ensure that Ohio can take full advantage of the economic benefits and the improvements to quality of life that come with advances in technology. “Emerging technologies have a lot to offer Ohio—better pay, better jobs, better healthcare, better transportation, better education, better lifestyles.”

New Buckeye Institute-NTUF Report Looks at the Impacts of E-Commerce Tax Policies

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Andrew Moylan, Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., James B. Woodward, Ph.D., and Andrew Wilford June 17, 2021

A new report, Taxing Beyond Borders: Principles for Ohio’s Tax Policy After South Dakota v. Wayfair, released by the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, looks at the impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair has had on tax policy in Ohio and how lawmakers can craft a simple, easy-to-use e-commerce tax policy that doesn’t harm the state’s economy.

Keep, Cut, Change: The Buckeye Institute’s Timely Recommendations for Ohio’s Budget Conference Committee

June 15, 2021

As the Conference Committee begins its work on Ohio’s biennial budget and analyzes some hotly-contested issues, The Buckeye Institute released its Keep, Cut, Change policy guidance memo with recommendations for which version of the budget—House or Senate—should be adopted and what should be cut or changed.

The Buckeye Institute: Wisely Spending American Rescue Plan Funds Can Save Ohio Taxpayers More Than $1.3 Billion

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Andrew J. Geisler May 20, 2021

In a new policy memo, How Ohio Should Spend American Rescue Plan Funds, The Buckeye Institute offers commonsense recommendations on how Ohio should spend American Rescue Plan funds, which would save Ohio taxpayers more than $1.3 billion. These new recommendations align with The Buckeye Institute’s spending principles and consider the recently released guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department.

The Buckeye Institute: Declining Extra Unemployment Benefits Will Help Get Ohio Back to Work

Logan Kolas May 13, 2021

In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Declining Extra Unemployment Benefits Will Help Get Ohio Back to Work, The Buckeye Institute calls on Ohio to decline Washington’s extra unemployment benefit and work instead to reduce labor shortages and get Ohioans back to work.  “With job openings at an all-time high, Ohio policymakers should avoid a weakened recovery and reject Washington’s expanded unemployment benefits.”

New Buckeye Institute Policy Brief Outlines How Regulatory Sandboxes Can Help Attract and Keep ‘Fintech’ Employers in Ohio

Logan Kolas March 29, 2021

The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Policy Solutions for More Innovation: Build a Regulatory Sandbox for Financial Technology Innovators, which calls for Ohio to construct a regulatory sandbox, which would cut red tape that often keeps innovative technology from reaching users. “While Ohio is currently home to many national banks and financial institutions, it risks losing these employers to other states that are already creating environments where these companies can develop and deploy new products and services.”

New Buckeye Institute Brief Demonstrates Benefits of Telehealth and Other Reforms

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and James B. Woodward, Ph.D. March 22, 2021

The Buckeye Institute released Improving Ohio Health Care with Freedom, which demonstrates the benefits of expanding access to telehealth and lifting unnecessary licensing restrictions on medical professionals. In making these modest reforms, policymakers can make health care more accessible, particularly for elderly Ohioans and those in living in rural areas. 

The Buckeye Institute Releases Famous Piglet Book, Finds More Than $600 Million in Savings for Ohio Taxpayers

Greg R. Lawson March 16, 2021

The Buckeye Institute released its 2021 Piglet Book, which identified more than $600 million in savings and looked at spending principles and priorities as Ohio recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. An analysis of Ohio’s proposed biennial budget, the Piglet Book offers savings for lawmakers to consider as they debate the state’s two-year budget. In this year’s report, Buckeye looked at three main areas: how to prudently spend during an economic recovery, how to reduce government spending, and how to empower families. 

The Buckeye Institute Outlines Sound Spending Principles to Guide Ohio Policymakers in Spending Federal COVID Aid

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 15, 2021

With President Joe Biden signing the American Rescue Plan into law, The Buckeye Institute is out with a new policy memo, How to Spend Federal Stimulus Money Wisely, that outlines sound spending principles that Ohio policymakers should use to guide decisions on how to spend the federal COVID-19 aid that the state will soon receive.   

Buckeye Institute Analysis Finds Nearly 18,000 West Virginians Would Lose Jobs Under D.C. Imposed $15 Minimum Wage

Logan Kolas March 04, 2021

The Buckeye Institute released an analysis using data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to estimate the impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage proposal included in the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The analysis found that nearly 18,000 West Virginia workers would lose their jobs if the federal wage hike is imposed.