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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.
The Buckeye Institute: Policies in Senate Bill 352 Would End Ohio’s Unconstitutional Pandemic-Related Local Income Tax System
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement on the policies in Senate Bill 352 sponsored by Senator Kristina Roegner (R-27). The legislation would end Ohio’s unconstitutional emergency local income tax structure that proactively deemed all work performed at an employee’s home during Ohio’s stay-at-home order to have been performed in an often higher-taxed office location instead.
The Buckeye Institute: Eliminating Needless Regulations Expands Opportunities for Ohio’s Small Businesses
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on the policies in House Bill 669, which would permanently allow restaurants and bars to offer alcohol on their carryout and delivery menus. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson wrote, “By permanently allowing Ohio restaurants and bars to offer alcohol on their carryout and delivery menus, House Bill 669 throws a needed lifeline to the small, local businesses and their employees struggling to survive COVID-19’s economic shutdown.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “Although there are glimmers of hope in the August numbers, Ohio’s recovery is slow and at the current pace of hiring the state will not fully recover until the summer of 2021. That is too long for Ohioans who are in desperate need of a job to wait.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued a statement on the signing of Ohio House Bill 606—which provides businesses, schools, and frontline workers with critical liability protections from COVID-19 lawsuits. Hederman and Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, attended the virtual signing ceremony at the invitation of Governor DeWine.
The Buckeye Institute: Continuing Ohio’s Unconstitutional Local Income Tax Structure is Shortsighted
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement on the Greater Ohio Policy Center’s recent report supporting the continuation of Ohio’s unconstitutional tax structure, saying, “The unconstitutional system in question here is not only unfair to workers, it is unfair to the municipalities that are actually providing public services and are losing out on the tax revenues they are entitled to.”
The Buckeye Institute: Policies in School Choice Now Act Offer School Choice Options to Millions of Students Nationwide
The Buckeye Institute released, School Choice Now Act: Meeting Students’ Needs In Uncertain Times, which outlines how the School Choice Now Act can provide financial resources to parents to help them afford the best educational setting that fits the specific needs of their children. In the brief, author Greg Lawson writes, “Although not a panacea for the disruptions of COVID-19, the act would create flexible scholarships and offer incentives for more state-led initiatives to help families tailor educational opportunities to fit the specific needs of their students.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement on the passage of Ohio House Bill 606, saying, “Today, Ohio’s General Assembly took a critical step toward speeding up the state’s economic recovery and protecting responsible businesses and other organizations that are working to keep their students, customers, employees, and patients safe.”
In a new whitepaper for The Federalist Society, Robert Alt, a nationally-recognized scholar in criminal law and president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, reviewed the legal landscape of criminal law changes across the country writing that states were most willing to adjust their laws related to criminal sentencing, record expungement and offender registries, marijuana legalization, and restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
The Buckeye Institute Joins National Coalition in Filing Third Amicus Brief to Help All School Safely Re-Open
The Buckeye Institute joined a coalition of nationally recognized policy and education groups in filing an amicus brief in the third case challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance to distribute CARES Act funding in a fair and equitable manner that will help all schools safely reopen. This newest brief was filed in NAACP v. DeVos with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on August 24, 2020.