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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, “At this point last year, Ohioans knew that the impacts of the pandemic would be severe as the state faced a government ordered shutdown of many areas of the economy, but the full impact of the shutdown was not yet apparent. Now, one year later, Ohio’s economy continues to recover.”
The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial operating budget, which accounts for a little less than half of state spending. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has “created new challenges and new opportunities” for policymakers in crafting an operating budget that balances the “public’s health and safety, the economic needs of struggling small businesses, and maintain[s] a sustainable long-term budget that does not hinder growth...”
The Buckeye Institute Files Brief in Ohio v. Yellen Standing Up for Taxpayers Against Biden’s Tax Mandate
The Buckeye Institute filed its amicus brief in Ohio v. Yellen calling on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to stop enforcement of the federal tax mandate, which was included in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In its brief, Buckeye agrees with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost that Congress lacks the authority to usurp state taxing authority, but Buckeye also notes that the court does not have to rule on this matter given the vagueness of the text in the ARPA.
Following Victory in Columbus Tax Case, The Buckeye Institute Files New Tax Lawsuit Against City of Cleveland
Following a significant victory in Denison v. Kilgore, The Buckeye Institute filed a new lawsuit on behalf of Manal Morsy—a Pennsylvania resident—asking for the court to declare unconstitutional an Ohio law that allows the city of Cleveland, Ohio to tax her income even though she does not live in Cleveland—or even the State of Ohio—and has not worked in Cleveland for more than a year.
The Buckeye Institute filed its amicus brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. United States Department of the Interior and recognize the authority of courts to hear claims from private citizens seeking to enforce the 1996 Congressional Review Act—an act which preserves the U.S. Constitution’s essential system of checks and balances.
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement upon Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing House Bill 128, which repeals the ill-advised taxpayer-funded nuclear bailout included in House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly, saying, “With the stroke of a pen, a substantial part of Ohio’s two-year-long April Fools’ Joke on taxpayers has finally come to an end.”
New Buckeye Institute Policy Brief Outlines How Regulatory Sandboxes Can Help Attract and Keep ‘Fintech’ Employers in Ohio
The Buckeye Institute released a new policy brief, Policy Solutions for More Innovation: Build a Regulatory Sandbox for Financial Technology Innovators, which calls for Ohio to construct a regulatory sandbox, which would cut red tape that often keeps innovative technology from reaching users. “While Ohio is currently home to many national banks and financial institutions, it risks losing these employers to other states that are already creating environments where these companies can develop and deploy new products and services.”
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, “As Ohio enters the second year of the pandemic, the state’s slow but steady recovery continues with unemployment falling to 5 percent in February 2021, only 0.3 points higher than it was in February of 2020.”
Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, issued a statement upon the passage of House Bill 128, which repeals the taxpayer-funded nuclear bailout included in House Bill 6 from the 133rd General Assembly, saying, “As The Buckeye Institute has said since the introduction of House Bill 6, this type of corporate welfare is bad policy and lawmakers should further act to end other taxpayer-funded subsidies—be they for coal, natural gas, or renewables.”
Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in House Bill 149, which would disclose party identification on general election ballots in Ohio’s judicial races. In his testimony, Alt noted that including party identification would catalyze higher levels of voter engagement in general elections for Ohio’s judges and would clear up confusion in this opaque system that causes fewer Ohioans to cast votes in judicial races.