Policy Research & Reports
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New Economic Opportunities, which offers lawmakers policy solutions that, if adopted, would structurally reform Ohio’s outdated economic system, help reverse troubling economic trends, and return the Buckeye State to economic prosperity and leadership.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.
For another year, Ohio ranked an unimpressive 35th out of all 50 states in the Economic Freedom of North America 2021 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. “In the 2021 Economic Freedom of North America report, Ohio maintained a lackluster rating of 35th in the nation, its best score in the index’s history, but below average nevertheless.”
As Lawmakers Review Occupational Licenses, The Buckeye Institute Identifies 63 Licenses Ohio Should Eliminate or Reform
As the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee continues its review of Ohio occupational licenses, The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Opening Doors II: Occupational Licensing Reform in Ohio After Senate Bill 255, where it identified 63 licenses that the state should eliminate or reform to make Ohio more economically competitive and make it easier for people to earn a living. In its review, Buckeye identified 40 license or certification requirements that should be eliminated and another 23 requirements that should be modified.