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In a new policy brief, Universal Licensing Reciprocity: How to Welcome Workers to Ohio, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson outlines why Ohio should adopt universal occupational licensing reciprocity, writing, “Opening the door to universal licensing reciprocity will make Ohio more attractive to already-licensed professionals, eliminate superfluous and expensive burdens on newcomers, and continue the ongoing effort to end the ‘Mother-may-I?’ approach to earning a living in Ohio.”
On Monday, The Buckeye Institute unveiled its updated public salary databases which includes salary information through 2018 for public employees in Ohio’s K-12 public schools, state employees, Ohio’s public universities, and for local governments in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown. With more than 17 million visits to its salary database, Buckeye has been recognized as a pioneer in increasing government transparency.
Daniel J. Dew, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, submitted public comments on the Ohio Supreme Court’s proposed changes to Criminal Rule 46, which governs how Ohio treats people who have been accused of a crime but are awaiting trial. Dew outlined changes to the rule that would “further the commission’s stated goals” as outlined in the Task Force to Examine the Ohio Bail System’s report.
The Buckeye Institute, which filed the first significant post-Janus First Amendment labor-law challenge in the Supreme Court of the United States, on Thursday announced its filing of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (AFUM). The Buckeye Institute represents Professor Reisman, and has repeatedly called for an end to laws that force public-sector employees like him to accept compelled union representation—particularly when the person is not a member of said union.
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, “November’s jobs report brought some Christmas cheer with 6,300 new private sector jobs, the second-best job growth month of the year. And with the unemployment rate holding at 4.2 percent, this month is a bright spot amid a year of relatively slow job growth.”
The Buckeye Institute Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Hold the Government Accountable When It Unjustly Seizes Private Property
The Buckeye Institute, along with other prominent national scholars and think tanks, filed an amicus brief on Tuesday in Salgado v. the United States urging the United States Supreme Court to hold the government accountable under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act when it unjustly seizes private property.
New Buckeye Institute Research Outlines Policy Changes that Could Grow Iowa’s Economy by $610 Million
A new report, A Better Path Forward for Iowa Tax Reform, released Monday by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that if Iowa policymakers implemented additional tax reforms the state could experience an additional $610 million in economic growth and taxpayers could save nearly $1,250 annually. The research was conducted in partnership with Tax Education Foundation Iowa, which conducts pro-taxpayer education and research and informs Iowans about the impacts of taxes and spending, and the principles of limited government.
The Buckeye Institute Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Reassert Separation of Powers and Avoid Judicial Lawmaking
The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief on Monday in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Supreme Court of the United States. The case raises important questions about the power of the unelected administrative state and the blatantly unconstitutional structure of the CFPB.
Ohio ranks an unimpressive 37th 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.
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after the Ohio House voted to pass Senate Bill 7, which, once signed into law, will remove barriers to employment for military spouses. The Ohio Senate voted to pass the bill on Wednesday, December 11. The bill now goes to Governor Mike DeWine for signature.