Policy Research & Reports
Buckeye Institute Analysis Finds Nearly 18,000 West Virginians Would Lose Jobs Under D.C. Imposed $15 Minimum Wage
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.
Buckeye Institute Analysis Finds Nearly 116,000 Ohioans Would Lose Jobs Under D.C. Imposed $15 Minimum Wage
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 116,000 Ohio workers would lose their jobs if the federal wage hike is imposed.
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy report, New Hampshire’s Economic Recovery: Better Than Expected, by its Economic Research Center in partnership with the Josiah Bartlett Center. The new report found that “[c]oming out of 2020, New Hampshire is in better financial shape than many other states thanks to a sound revenue structure, relatively restrained spending, a strong economy, and good management.”
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Fund Students First: Now is the Right Time for Education Savings Accounts, which outlines the benefits of empowering families—not just school districts—to educate their children. In the brief, author Greg R. Lawson writes, “With the General Assembly embarking on the biennial budget process, and leaders in both chambers acknowledging the need to reform school funding, now is the perfect time for Ohio to begin funding students first….Pursuing a student-first funding program—especially during the ongoing pandemic—will help Ohio better meet the needs of its students, its teachers, and its families.”
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Beware the Shadow Budget: Ohio Spends More than Many Think, which reveals a full picture of state government spending and is critical to understand as Ohio begins to debate its next biennial budget. In the paper, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, pointed out that Ohio’s total expenditures will cost taxpayers more than $153 billion—more than twice the $69 billion dollar figure often cited as “Ohio’s budget.”
Ohio ranks an unimpressive 35th out of all 50 states in this year’s Economic Freedom of North America 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, as measured by government spending, taxation, and labor market restrictions.
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, A Case Study from the Heartland: Ohio’s Tax Collections Reveal Danger from Big Government Bailout, which demonstrates that higher than expected tax collections are good news for Ohio’s next budget and that a future federal COVID-19 relief package should avoid creating disincentives for fiscal prudence or punishing states that wisely prepared their budgets for economic downturns.
The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Can Save More Than $4 Billion in Next Budget by Following Sound, Fundamental Economic Principles
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Weathering the Storm: Budgeting for Prosperity in a Time of Crisis, which outlines sound, fundamental economic principles that—if followed—can save the state more than $4 billion and put Ohio in a better position to weather and recover from the fiscal storm brought about by COVID-19. In the paper, author Greg R. Lawson writes, “With fiscal discipline and transparency, Ohio can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with an even stronger, more durable economy and a more sustainable state budget in the years ahead.”
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.