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The Buckeye Institute in Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Ever-Growing Administrative State Violates Civil Liberties and Causes Undue Economic Harm
On Monday, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Ricks v. Idaho Contractors Board calling on the United States Supreme Court to protect citizens’ civil liberties and to strike down laws that create unnecessary impediments to employment. Buckeye argues that the ever-growing maze of bureaucratic regulations and laws, created outside of the legislative process, violates civil liberties and, in Mr. Ricks’ case, cause undue economic harm.
The Buckeye Institute Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Citizens from Unelected Government Bureaucrats’ Attempts to Create New Crimes
On Thursday, The Buckeye Institute joined the Due Process Institute in filing an amicus brief in Guedes v. ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) calling on the United States Supreme Court to protect citizens from unelected government bureaucrats effectively redefining what constitutes a crime.
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the 2019 Kiplinger Tax Map, which ranks Ohio one of the 10 least tax-friendly states in the country. “Everyone wants to be above average. However, as Kiplinger’s 2019 Tax Map reveals, being above average on taxes has made Ohio one of the ten ‘least tax-friendly’ states in the country.”
The Buckeye Institute Calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the First Amendment Right of Association
The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra calling on the United States Supreme Court to recognize that people have the right to donate to charities and nonprofit organizations without having their own personal information turned over to the government. In filing the brief, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, said this case is, “an alarming violation of the First Amendment right of free association and would have a chilling effect on free speech.”
Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “With fears of a recession still on the horizon, slow job growth in Ohio is a concern, but, with a growing labor force, Ohio’s economy continues to show resiliency.”
Citing The Buckeye Institute’s amicus brief in Thomas v. Bright, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the First Amendment and struck down Tennessee’s billboard law as a violation of free speech on Wednesday. Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, said of the ruling, “Tennessee attempted to justify its sign restrictions as a public safety measure, but we are pleased that The Buckeye Institute’s brief was able to help the court see through Tennessee’s deceptive pretext for violating free speech.”
Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “Ohio’s job market continues to present conflicting signals, which reflects the uncertainty in Ohio’s economy. Despite an increase of 2,500 private sector jobs in July, Ohio’s private sector employment is still down 13,900 jobs since January 2019.”
Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Monday before the Florida Financial Impact Estimating Conference on the financial estimates and impacts of Medicaid expansion. In 2020, Florida voters will vote on a constitutional amendment that will expand Medicaid to cover healthy, able-bodied adults with no children.
The Buckeye Institute Calls on First Circuit Court of Appeals to End Forced Union Exclusive Representation
The Buckeye Institute appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts, for oral arguments in Reisman v. AFUM, which calls for an immediate end to the laws that force public-sector employees to accept union representation. In commenting on Professor Reisman’s case, Buckeye’s Robert Alt said, “In its Janus decision, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote that designating a union ‘as the employees’ exclusive representative substantially restricts the rights of individual employees,’ indicating the court’s serious concerns about the constitutionality of forced exclusive representation.”
Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “Job creation is continuing its summer vacation in Ohio with the June jobs report, which saw Ohio add only 400 new private sector jobs… This worrying jobs report, coupled with an unsustainable $143 billion budget that did not rein in government spending, should be concerning to policymakers.”