Policy Research & Reports
In a new policy memo, Senate Bill 3: Myth vs. Reality, The Buckeye Institute separates fact from fiction surrounding the debate over the policies in Senate Bill 3, which would comprehensively reform Ohio’s drug sentencing laws. Author Andrew Geisler writes, “The commonsense reforms in Senate Bill 3 do not create the problems and concerns that the myth suggests. And reclassifying low-level drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors will better ensure that those suffering from addiction get the treatment they need instead of a prison sentence.”
New Buckeye Institute Report Outlines Benefits of Telehealth, Urges Ohio Policymakers to Permanently Expand Access
The Buckeye Institute released Access to Health Care Made Easier: Promoting Best Practices in Ohio’s Telehealth Policy, which looks at the benefits of telehealth that the increase in demand and use during the pandemic have revealed. With the benefits of telehealth evident, the report outlines why expanded access to telehealth should be made permanent, which lawmakers are considering in House Bill 679.
The Buckeye Institute: Policies in School Choice Now Act Offer School Choice Options to Millions of Students Nationwide
The Buckeye Institute released, School Choice Now Act: Meeting Students’ Needs In Uncertain Times, which outlines how the School Choice Now Act can provide financial resources to parents to help them afford the best educational setting that fits the specific needs of their children. In the brief, author Greg Lawson writes, “Although not a panacea for the disruptions of COVID-19, the act would create flexible scholarships and offer incentives for more state-led initiatives to help families tailor educational opportunities to fit the specific needs of their students.”
A new booklet, The Essential Electoral College, sponsored by The Buckeye Institute, looks at the origins of the Electoral College, how the college actually works and its benefits, and debunks myths and misinformation about the college. This important booklet outlines why the Electoral College is worth preserving against growing threats.
In a new whitepaper for The Federalist Society, Robert Alt, a nationally-recognized scholar in criminal law and president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, reviewed the legal landscape of criminal law changes across the country writing that states were most willing to adjust their laws related to criminal sentencing, record expungement and offender registries, marijuana legalization, and restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
The Buckeye Institute released new research by its Economic Research Center that looked at the impact eliminating Ohio’s commercial activities tax (CAT) would have on Ohio’s businesses and its rankings in national economic indexes. In Letting the CAT Out of the Bag: How to Improve Ohio’s Economy and National Rankings, Buckeye researchers found that by repealing the CAT, Ohio would move up 42 spots to first place in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index—making Ohio more attractive to relocating businesses.
In Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Suspending the CAT Will Help Ohio’s Economy, The Buckeye Institute urges policymakers to suspend collection Ohio’s commercial activities tax (CAT) for the next year to aid the state’s economic recovery, writing, “Ohio’s commercial activities tax makes it harder for struggling businesses to survive and grow…To help ensure their survival, the state should suspend collecting the CAT in the short-term, and consider replacing it with a broader, fairer consumption-based tax in the long-term.”
The Buckeye Institute: Policies in Senate Bill 3 Would Make Ohio’s Drug-Sentencing Laws More Effective, Flexible, and Just
In Evidence-Based Sentencing Reform: The Right Policy for Ohio, The Buckeye Institute outlines the significant strides the policies in Senate Bill 3 take in making Ohio’s drug-sentencing laws more effective, flexible, and just. “Patterned after the Recodification Committee’s recommendations…, Senate Bill 3 restores sentencing flexibility so that judges can secure just results for every defendant under the unique facts and circumstances of each case.”
The Buckeye Institute: Targeted Assistance to Local Governments Should Prioritize Public Health and Safety
In Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Targeted State Assistance for Local Governments, The Buckeye Institute outlines how the state should target assistance to local governments to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing state taxpayer dollars on meeting essential public health and safety demands created by the pandemic. “As Ohio’s local governments and municipalities struggle to survive the economic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the state should provide communities with targeted, financial aid to spend on essential public health and safety services.”
In Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Medical License Reciprocity Should be Permanent, The Buckeye Institute calls on Ohio to make permanent policies that recognize out-of-state medical licenses for doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals. “By making these new rules permanent, Ohio will be able to attract more highly trained care providers, which will benefit patients across the state.”