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The Buckeye Institute Calls on Ohio Supreme Court to Recognize Limits on Eminent Domain

June 24, 2022

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in Ohio Power Company v. Burns asking the court to uphold two long-recognized checks on the government’s power to take property by eminent domain—that the government may only take property that is necessary, and that courts can exercise the power of judicial review to ensure governments honor that limitation. The Buckeye Institute has called on Ohio’s high court to tell Ohio Power Company and AEP that the permanent easements they are demanding are unnecessary.

U.S. Supreme Court Again Agrees with Arguments Presented by The Buckeye Institute

June 23, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen that New York’s requirement for citizens to demonstrate a “special need” to obtain a license to carry a gun for self-defense violates the U.S. Constitution. “The rules New York put in place allowed the well-connected and famous to obtain permits to carry firearms for self-defense while simultaneously refusing to grant the same right to ordinary law-abiding citizens in a clear violation of the Second Amendment.”

U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Position Argued By The Buckeye Institute

June 21, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Carson v. Makin that the state of Maine cannot deny students and their families financial aid that is available to all other students just because a family chooses to use their aid to send their children to a religious or “sectarian” school. “As The Buckeye Institute argued in its amicus brief, Maine’s discrimination against religious schools and parents violated the First Amendment, and today’s decision is another significant victory for the rights of families and students.”

The Buckeye Institute Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Fighting California Rules Being Imposed on Ohio Farmers

June 17, 2022

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, urging the court to declare that California’s Proposition 12—which purports to regulate the pork industry within the Golden State, but in reality imposes its regulations nationwide—violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. “Not only does California’s Prop 12 violate the U.S. Constitution, but it also undermines the unique American principle of federalism.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Sees Unemployment Fall Despite Sluggish Job Growth

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 17, 2022

The Buckeye Institute commented on Ohio’s newly released jobs report, saying, “Ohio’s job market continued to see mostly strong growth in May with the unemployment rate falling to 3.9 percent…while workers continued to return to the job market, driving Ohio’s labor force participation rate to 62 percent... However, recent economic news has been grim, with inflation spiking to 40-year highs and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to a nearly 30-year high.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Private Property from Union Vandalism

June 16, 2022

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, calling on the court to protect employers’ property rights from union vandalism and sabotage. “By denying Glacier Northwest the right to sue for the willful and intentional damage of property, the Washington Supreme Court essentially held that the National Labor Relations Act allows unions to destroy private property and leaves employers with no real legal recourse.”

The Buckeye Institute: Use ARPA Tax Dollars to Help Ohio Cities Modernize Their Tax Systems

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 08, 2022

In a new policy memo, Help Cities Transition to New Tax System, The Buckeye Institute recommends that Ohio lawmakers use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) tax dollars to help localities modernize their tax systems to be less reliant on “dwindling commuter taxes.” This memo is the third in a series that counsels state policymakers to “resist the temptation to spend taxpayer dollars foolishly and instead spend wisely on areas that need genuine financial assistance.”

Ohio Supreme Court Takes Buckeye’s Municipal Income Tax Case

Robert Alt June 07, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court announced that it will hear Schaad v. Alder, one of The Buckeye Institute’s five municipal income tax cases challenging Ohio’s emergency-based system. “The Ohio Supreme Court finally has the opportunity to correct this Orwellian system in which the state forced people to work from home under threat of criminal penalties, but then also absurdly deemed that same work to have been performed where it wasn’t—often in higher-taxed office locations.”

Nearly $12 Million Spent on The Buckeye Institute’s Top 10 List of Worst Capital Budget Projects

June 02, 2022

The Buckeye Institute unveiled its Top 10 Worst Capital Budget Projects of 2022, which total nearly $12 million. Buckeye’s review of the capital budget also found more than $150 million in pork-barrel or community projects that should be paid for with private donations or through local efforts. “At a time of historically high inflation, every dollar not spent on public safety, healthcare, or workforce development is a dollar wasted and adds to the amount of tax dollars every day Ohioans have to fork out of their wallet.”

Buckeye Institute-Championed Universal Occupational License Recognition One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Greg R. Lawson June 01, 2022

Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, commented on the House passage of Ohio House Bill 203 and the Senate passage of Ohio Senate Bill 131, which would make Ohio a more attractive state for workers to move to by adopting universal occupational license recognition. “By passing Ohio House Bill 203 and Ohio Senate Bill 131—universal occupational license recognition—both chambers of the General Assembly took an important step forward to help Ohio address critical worker shortages brought on by the pandemic.”