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Buckeye Institute Analysis Finds Nearly 18,000 West Virginians Would Lose Jobs Under D.C. Imposed $15 Minimum Wage
The Buckeye Institute released an analysis using data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to estimate the impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage proposal included in the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The analysis found that nearly 18,000 West Virginia workers would lose their jobs if the federal wage hike is imposed.
Buckeye Institute Analysis Finds Nearly 116,000 Ohioans Would Lose Jobs Under D.C. Imposed $15 Minimum Wage
The Buckeye Institute released an analysis using data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to estimate the impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage proposal included in the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The analysis found that nearly 116,000 Ohio workers would lose their jobs if the federal wage hike is imposed.
39 Renowned Policy Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Buckeye’s Case to End Forced Union Exclusive Representation
Thirty-nine renowned public policy organizations have filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court in support of The Buckeye Institute’s case, Thompson v. Marietta Education Association, which calls for an immediate end to laws that force public-sector employees to accept a union’s exclusive representation. Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute and one of Mrs. Thompson’s attorneys noted, “The sheer number of groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case demonstrates the depth and breadth of the constitutional problem of forced exclusive representation.”
The Buckeye Institute Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of People Making Charitable Donations
The Buckeye Institute filed its amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of itself and 34 other public policy organizations in the combined cases of Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra and Thomas More Society v. Becerra. The brief calls upon the Supreme Court to protect the privacy and First Amendment rights of individuals who donate to charities and other nonprofit organizations.
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy report, New Hampshire’s Economic Recovery: Better Than Expected, by its Economic Research Center in partnership with the Josiah Bartlett Center. The new report found that “[c]oming out of 2020, New Hampshire is in better financial shape than many other states thanks to a sound revenue structure, relatively restrained spending, a strong economy, and good management.”
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 44, which would eliminate the taxpayer-funded subsidies included in the “notoriously flawed” House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, told lawmakers that eliminating the “notoriously flawed” taxpayer-funded subsidies included in House Bill 6 was an “important course correction” that would end one of the worst examples of crony capitalism.
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Fund Students First: Now is the Right Time for Education Savings Accounts, which outlines the benefits of empowering families—not just school districts—to educate their children. In the brief, author Greg R. Lawson writes, “With the General Assembly embarking on the biennial budget process, and leaders in both chambers acknowledging the need to reform school funding, now is the perfect time for Ohio to begin funding students first….Pursuing a student-first funding program—especially during the ongoing pandemic—will help Ohio better meet the needs of its students, its teachers, and its families.”
The Buckeye Institute submitted written to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 6, which would allow pharmacists to test for COVID-19 and administer COVID-19 vaccines—a recommendation that Buckeye made in the early days of the pandemic. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson urged lawmakers to remove “obstructive regulatory red-tape” to help fight the pandemic, which is “essential for Ohio’s long-term success.”
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 2, which would expand access to broadband internet service to underserved areas of Ohio. In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson, told lawmakers that with many areas across Ohio lacking access to broadband the “economic gap between those communities with broadband access and those without will likely continue to widen,” and that “[w]ithout adequate plans to deliver broadband service throughout the state, Ohio risks leaving many communities and families behind…"
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 9, which would “cut through unnecessary restrictions and red tape that strangle Ohio’s economy, entrepreneurs, and workforce.” In his testimony, Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson applauded the Senate for “continuing regulatory reform and cutting bureaucratic red tape,” and urged lawmakers to “eliminate many of the unnecessary regulations that strangle our businesses and keep our citizens from working.”