Columbus, OH – Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive vice president at The Buckeye Institute, commented on newly released unemployment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “In time for the holidays, the Ohio labor market is looking up. The household survey showed a solid month for the labor market with the unemployment rate falling from 5.3 percent to 5.1 as more Ohioans found work."
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Daniel J. Dew has been named to the Ohio Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) 2.0 Ad Hoc Committee, which held its first meeting today. Over the next year, JRI 2.0 will bring together legislators, judges, prosecutors, prison officials, defense lawyers, and criminal justice experts to discuss ways Ohio can safely reduce its prison population.
Columbus, OH – Following on The Buckeye Institute’s policy brief, Competition Saves Taxpayer Money on Water and Sewer Line Repair, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson submitted testimony to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 121. In his testimony, Lawson highlighted the issue of water and sewer infrastructure as one that is important “not only for taxpayers’ pocketbooks but also for their health and wellbeing.”
Buckeye’s Greg Lawson: Controlling Board Vote on Medicaid Spending Highlights Need for Greater Reform
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson issued the following statement on today’s vote by the Controlling Board to approve $264 million in Medicaid spending. “Today’s Controlling Board vote to authorize the Department of Medicaid to spend an additional $264 million in taxpayer dollars highlights the need for far greater reforms to a program long known as the ‘Pac-Man’ of the state budget."
Columbus, OH – Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive vice president at The Buckeye Institute, commented on newly released unemployment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, saying, “In September, the Ohio labor market bounced back from the summer doldrums, with the unemployment rate falling a tenth to 5.3 percent from 5.4, and the private sector created 10,500 new job opportunities.”
The Buckeye Institute: Reforming Ohio Tax System is Needed to Attract Businesses and Grow the Economy
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive vice president at The Buckeye Institute, commented on the Tax Foundation’s newly released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index, saying "Unsurprisingly, Ohio ranks near the bottom of the barrel at 45 out of 50 – the same ranking we have had for the past two years. As Ohio stands still, other states are moving forward on tax reform which is a contributing factor to our uneven labor market."
Ohio has aging water and sewer systems that are constantly in need of repair and many need to be replaced. Unfortunately, some localities are limiting competition by requiring the pipes be made of a more expensive material, when it would be in taxpayer’s interest to consider all materials that are deemed safe.
Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute released its latest policy brief, Building a Better Future: An Analysis of Ohio’s Tax and Spending Policies, which looks at the tax and spending policies Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have adopted since 2013 and their impact on Ohio’s economic growth.