For media inquiries, please contact:
Lisa A. Gates
Vice President of Communications
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, “Ohio’s labor market roared back to life in October with the unemployment rate falling nearly three points to 5.6 percent and the labor force participation rate jumping more than a point to 62.7 percent—which exceeds the national participation rate of 61.7 percent.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, lent his expertise and testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee in favor of Senate Bill 3, which would reform Ohio’s drug sentencing laws to better serve justice and treat those suffering from addiction by applying sensible best practices. In his testimony, Alt urged to adopt Senate Bill 3 saying that Senate Bill 3 would “enhance Ohio’s standing as a national leader in criminal justice reform and ensure our criminal justice system treats all Ohioans fairly.”
In a new policy memo, Senate Bill 3: Myth vs. Reality, The Buckeye Institute separates fact from fiction surrounding the debate over the policies in Senate Bill 3, which would comprehensively reform Ohio’s drug sentencing laws. Author Andrew Geisler writes, “The commonsense reforms in Senate Bill 3 do not create the problems and concerns that the myth suggests. And reclassifying low-level drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors will better ensure that those suffering from addiction get the treatment they need instead of a prison sentence.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the possibility of a second shutdown of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “The Buckeye Institute appreciates Governor DeWine’s genuine concern for the safety of all Ohioans; however, a second shutdown is the wrong cure for this disease. The remedy for Ohio is moral suasion not criminal sanctions.”
On Tuesday, The Buckeye Institute, Americans for Prosperity-Ohio, and the Goldwater Institute jointly sent an open letter to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and members of the Ohio General Assembly urging the quick adoption of universal occupational licensing recognition. These three leading voices on universal occupational licensing recognition for Ohio together urged lawmakers to “build upon earlier reforms and make it easier for licensed workers in every profession to move to the Buckeye State where they can earn a living here in their chosen professions.”
Buckeye’s Greg R. Lawson issued a statement on the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Athens v. McClain, saying, “Today’s ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court will allow plumbers, electricians, and other Ohioans who work for themselves or own small businesses to file their local income taxes in one place—saving them time and money, and cutting unnecessary government bureaucracy.”
The Buckeye Institute: South Carolina’s Unconstitutional Forfeiture Laws Create Perverse Incentives to Use and Abuse Vast Police Powers
The Buckeye Institute, jointly with Americans for Prosperity—South Carolina, filed an amicus brief opposing South Carolina’s unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws, which create perverse incentives for law enforcement to seize private property even when its owner hasn’t been convicted of a crime. The brief was filed in the South Carolina Supreme Court.
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, “September’s jobs report shows that Ohio’s recovery has slowed dramatically. Although the unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, the cause of this drop was 121,000 Ohioans leaving the labor force instead of finding jobs.”
Buckeye’s Rea Hederman Jr. commented on Ohio’s September tax revenues released by the Office of Budget and Management, saying, “As policymakers begin to consider Ohio’s next biennial budget, this report offers some good news for the Buckeye State, its taxpayers, businesses, and families. For the third straight month, the money the state collects in taxes and fees has outpaced estimates, placing Ohio’s anticipated revenue at more than $260 million above estimates.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement after the Supreme Court of the United States announced it denied cert on Buckeye’s petition in Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine, which called for an end to laws that force public-sector employees to accept a union’s exclusive representation.