Policy Research & Reports

The Buckeye Institute Releases Economic Freedom of North America 2021 Report

January 06, 2022

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

Greg R. Lawson November 09, 2021

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.

Buckeye Institute Analysis Reveals How Over-Regulation of Investment Managers will Harm Ohioans

Rea S. Hederman Jr. September 30, 2021

In Over-Regulation of Investment Managers Can Harm Ohioans, The Buckeye Institute analyzes the impacts and consequences of the Short Sale Transparency and Market Fairness Act, which “would impose new and unnecessary regulatory burdens” on investors. “Ohioans have $50 billion invested with financial institutions that would be impacted by these proposed inefficient rules, and all of them—from retirees to charities to schools and universities—could see smaller returns on their investments if this legislation is adopted by Congress...”

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 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.