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In a new policy memo, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Enlisting Pharmacists to Fight COVID-19, released Wednesday, The Buckeye Institute outlines how Ohio can relieve some of the burdens on other health care workers by allowing pharmacists to test for COVID-19 and treat common illnesses. This new policy memo builds on the recommendations in Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How Ohio Can Fight the Impact of Coronavirus, which outlined immediate actions Ohio policymakers can take to ensure Ohio is ready to fight and recover from the pandemic.
The Buckeye Institute: COVID-19 Hits Ohio’s Economy Hard, February’s Job Numbers Serve as Baseline for Recovery
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, “February’s jobs report now serves as a baseline to mark where Ohio’s economy stood before the onset of this crisis and where we hope to return following the social and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus.”
A new policy brief, Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How Ohio Can Fight the Impact of Coronavirus, released Monday by The Buckeye Institute, outlines immediate actions Ohio policymakers can take to ensure Ohio is ready to fight and recover from the pandemic. The recommendations focus on policies to boost Ohio’s health care system and support Ohio’s workers, small businesses, and the economy.
Andrew J. Geisler, a visiting legal fellow with The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, filed public comments on Thursday in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed regulatory clarification that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s criminal conduct and penalty provisions apply only to those intentionally harming migratory birds. This proposed clarification will help rein in overcriminalization.
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, “Ohio’s consistent, albeit slow, job growth tells us that policymakers need to focus on adopting deeper economic reforms and pro-growth policies that have been outlined by The Buckeye Institute…to encourage private-sector job growth and attract workers to Ohio.”
The Buckeye Institute announced that Michael G. Franc has joined its team as senior fellow. Based in Washington, D.C., Franc will promote Buckeye’s efforts to advance free-market public policy at the federal level. Franc joins Buckeye from his position at the Hoover Institution, where he serves as director of D.C. programs and also is a research fellow.
The Buckeye Institute: Education Pluralism Gives Ohio the Holistic Approach to Education Reform it Needs
Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, will testify on Wednesday before the Ohio House and Ohio Senate Conference Committee that is looking at solutions to the problems facing Ohio’s EdChoice program. In considering various changes to the program, Lawson will urge the committee to ensure that “[a]ny short-term solutions that would scale back or eliminate EdChoice should include protections for students currently benefiting from EdChoice.”
The Buckeye Institute: It’s Time to Trim Burdensome Licensing Requirements for Ohio’s Cosmetologists
Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Wednesday before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 399, which would trim burdensome licensing requirements for Ohio’s cosmetologists, making it easier for people seeking to work to start a new career. In his testimony, Lawson urged policymakers to “remove at least some of the occupational licensing obstacles faced by Ohio’s working men and women.”
Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued the following statement on the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Gresham v. Azar that overturned Medicaid work and community engagement requirements.
Three Kent State University custodians have now become able to resign from their government union as part of a settlement in Hannay v. Board of Trustees of Kent State University. As part of the settlement that The Buckeye Institute and the Liberty Justice Center attorneys secured for their clients, the three custodians’ resignations from the union are now being honored and they will no longer be forced to pay money to AFSCME Council 8 as a condition of employment at Kent State University. In exchange, they agreed to withdraw their lawsuit against the union and University.