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The Buckeye Institute Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to End Biden Administration’s Illegal Student Debt Cancellation Program

February 03, 2023

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Biden v. Nebraska and U.S. Department of Education v. Brown, with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Biden Administration’s student debt cancellation program exceeds the legal authority of the secretary of education to forgive student loan debt without congressional approval, is arbitrary and capricious, and was adopted in a procedurally improper manner. “Before the U.S. Supreme Court is an opportunity to end this illegal program...”

The Buckeye Institute Takes Columbus City Schools to Court

February 02, 2023

The Buckeye Institute filed a lawsuit against Columbus City Schools for the release of public records that are subject to Ohio’s Public Records Act. “Access to public documents is fundamental to our system of government and is clearly spelled out in Ohio law. Despite their clear responsibility to produce these public records, Columbus City School officials have refused to comply with Ohio law…”

The Buckeye Institute Reacts to Governor DeWine’s Proposed Budget

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 01, 2023

The Buckeye Institute commented on Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed 2024-2025 budget, saying, “Governor Mike DeWine’s budget blueprint contains many laudable ideas to make Ohio a more prosperous state, including a significant expansion of school choice. By increasing the eligibility for the EdChoice scholarship to 400 percent of poverty, Ohio will put students first and empower families to choose the education setting that is best for their children.”

The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt Reacts to Governor DeWine’s State of the State Speech

Robert Alt January 31, 2023

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement reacting to Governor Mike DeWine’s State of the State speech on Tuesday. “The Buckeye Institute applauds Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio lawmakers for building up Ohio’s rainy day fund, but Ohioans are facing tough economic realities, so now is the right time to enact bold and meaningful tax reforms. Governor DeWine has been a strong champion for children, and The Buckeye Institute looks forward to working with him on transformational education reforms that put Ohio’s students first.”

The Buckeye Institute Offers Policy Solutions to Make Ohio a More Prosperous State

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Logan Kolas, and Greg R. Lawson January 26, 2023

In a new policy brief, Budget Priorities for a More Prosperous Ohio, The Buckeye Institute outlines specific tax and education reforms lawmakers should pursue to improve Ohio’s economy and workforce. “By adopting tax reforms that allow workers to keep more of their own money and education policies that empower families, lawmakers will make Ohio a freer, less expensive, and more desirable place to live, learn, and work.”

The Buckeye Institute Calls on Court to Protect Citizens from Excessive Government Fines

January 25, 2023

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in SEC v. Spartan Securities Group, calling on the court to protect citizens from excessive fines in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. “Since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, English law and later the English Bill of Rights have prohibited excessive fines… This liberty interest was so vital that in drafting the Eighth Amendment, the Framers of the U.S. Constitution adopted the prohibition on excessive fines verbatim from the 1689 English Bill of Rights.”

The Buckeye Institute: Worrying Trends in Ohio’s Job Market

Rea S. Hederman Jr. January 20, 2023

The Buckeye Institute commented on the newly released jobs report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “In December’s jobs report, the unemployment rate was stuck at 4.2 percent while the labor force participation rate fell from 61.3 percent to 61.2 percent. Ohio’s situation contrasts with the national jobs report, which saw unemployment fall to 3.5 percent and the labor force participation rate climb to 62.3 percent.”

The Buckeye Institute Files Amicus Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court to End Unfair Practice of Cy Pres Awards

January 17, 2023

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in St. John v. Jones, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case and end the unfair practice of awarding third parties, or cy pres recipients—who are wholly unrelated to a lawsuit—a portion of the monetary award that results from a class action lawsuit. “When class action lawsuits were embedded in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 23, there was no thought of the possibility that there might be left-over monies that could not be distributed to class members.” 

Buckeye Institute-Inspired Improvements to ACE Program Signed into Law

Greg R. Lawson January 06, 2023

The Buckeye Institute commented after Governor Mike DeWine signed Buckeye Institute-inspired improvements to the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program, included in Ohio House Bill 45, into law, saying, “By increasing the income eligibility threshold for students and the amount in individual ACE accounts to $1,000, the reforms Governor DeWine signed into law will make it easier for families to access indispensable education resources.”

Governor Signs More Buckeye Institute-Championed Policies into Law

Greg R. Lawson January 05, 2023

The Buckeye Institute commented after Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 509 into law, saying, “By streamlining and eliminating many of Ohio’s occupational licenses, the Buckeye Institute-championed reforms in House Bill 509 represent another step towards making Ohio a more prosperous state where people can earn a living without jumping through regulatory hoops that make Ohio a laggard in economic and job growth.”