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Court of Appeals Agrees with The Buckeye Institute: CDC Lacks Authority to Micromanage the Housing Market
With its unanimous ruling in Tiger Lily v. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit agreed with The Buckeye Institute that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) well exceeded its legal authority when it issued a nationwide ban on evictions. “This unanimous decision affirms that major policy decisions must be made by the people’s elected representatives, not by unelected federal bureaucrats...Today’s ruling ensures that regulatory agencies cannot rewrite private rental agreements.”
The Buckeye Institute filed an important amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which calls upon the court to recognize that the Second Amendment protects ordinary citizens’ fundamental right to carry handguns outside of their homes. The Buckeye Institute simply could not stand by as New York set up a system relegating the fundamental right to self-defense to second-class status and reserving enjoyment of that right almost exclusively for the well-connected and/or celebrities.
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 this month’s jobs report is stronger than last month’s, it does not fully offset May’s losses and some concerning signs remain…As recovery from the pandemic continues, the state still needs to create nearly 250,000 private-sector jobs to return to the pre-pandemic level of 4.8 million jobs.”
The Buckeye Institute’s position prevailed in two significant court cases, one that protects the privacy and First Amendment rights of individuals who donate to charities and other nonprofit organizations, and another that protects taxpayers and the principle of federalism. Decisions in Ohio v. Yellen, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, and Thomas More Society v. Bonta agreed with arguments made in Buckeye's amicus briefs.
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued a statement regarding Substitute House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial operating budget, which Governor Mike DeWine signed into law. In the statement Hederman praised a budget that expands existing school choice options and creates Ohio’s first-ever education savings account program, but warned of unconstrained spending.
The Buckeye Institute: Forcing Lawyers to Support Political Speech Through Mandatory Bar Dues Violates First Amendment
The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Crowe v. Oregon State Bar, which calls on the court to recognize the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association by ending laws that force lawyers to join state-sponsored bar associations that engage in lobbying on inherently political and ideological issues in order to practice their profession.
The Buckeye Institute has successfully won settlements for Ohioans across the state against unions that refused to recognize the First Amendment rights of hardworking public employees, which the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in its 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision. Buckeye’s Legal Center secured victories with the unions agreeing to refund dues taken after the employees had officially ended their union membership.
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, “With a jobs report that shows a rise in the unemployment rate, a sharp decline in the labor force participation rate, and a loss of 14,200 private-sector jobs, it is a concerning signal that Ohio’s recovery could be weakening.”
The Buckeye Institute filed its amicus brief in Tiger Lily v. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, calling on the court to end the nationwide eviction moratorium. “The Buckeye Institute is asking the court of appeals to affirm the district court’s decision that Congress did not give Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the authority to rewrite millions of private rental agreements across the country.”
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 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in California v. Texas, saying, “With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in California v. Texas the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in place as do a host of problems with the country’s health care system caused by the ACA—most notably increasing health care costs.”