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Testimony

The Buckeye Institute: Senate Bill 66 Fulfills the Promise of the Justice Reinvestment Act

by Daniel J. Dew March 28, 2017

Columbus, OHThe Buckeye Institute’s Daniel J. Dew testified today before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on the criminal justice reform policies found in Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sens. John Eklund (R) and Charleta B. Tavares (D).  Dew is the Criminal Justice Fellow at the Institute’s Legal Center.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Finance State Government and Agency Review Subcommittee on Municipal Income Tax

by Greg R. Lawson March 23, 2017

Ohio could send a strong signal that she is serious about competing with her neighbors for new business by eliminating the miasma of confusion surrounding the municipal income tax system. A few years ago, The Buckeye Institute identified several ways to address the state’s municipal tax problem. Our suggestions are no less poignant today.

Interested Party Testimony Before the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation

by Daniel J. Dew March 22, 2017

Ohio need not look as far as Texas for a success-story worth emulating.  We still boast one of the greatest criminal justice reform victories in the nation—the Juvenile Reasoned and Equitable Community and Local Alternatives to Incarceration of Minors program, or “RECLAIM” for short.

Greg R. Lawson, Senior Policy Analyst The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

by Greg R. Lawson March 22, 2017

Good tax policy must therefore distribute the tax burden so as to limit its impact as much as possible. As The Buckeye Institute has explained before, a sound tax policy must pursue a straightforward, fundamental strategy that is pro-growth, simple, transparent, and fair.

Interested Party Testimony Before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee on House Bill 114

by Greg R. Lawson March 21, 2017

Our model research demonstrates that RPS mandates will cost more future jobs and GDP than they will create through renewable energy subsidies. As such, we must face the cold economic fact that continuing Ohio’s “march up Mandate Mountain” will cost thousands of future jobs and billions of dollars.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on Municipal Income Tax

by Greg R. Lawson March 07, 2017

To finally shake free from the shackles of Ohio’s “rust belt” reputation, the state must become more attractive to new and expanding businesses—and that must include a more business-friendly tax code that is simple, fair, and transparent. Unfortunately, Ohio’s municipal income tax is none of those things.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on House Bill 40

by Greg R. Lawson February 28, 2017

Just as “sunlight is the world’s best disinfectant,” we at The Buckeye Institute believe fiscal transparency to be the best way to make governments accountable to their citizens. We have long argued that showing Ohio taxpayers how their elected officials spend their hard-earned tax dollars will help citizens better understand what their government does.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on House Bill 51

by Greg R. Lawson February 23, 2017

The Buckeye Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institute, and the Obama Administration did not often all agree on economic solutions to address many of our country’s economic problems. But we all agreed on the need to relieve workers and families—especially those with lower to middle incomes—from the burdens created by bureaucratic occupational licensing.

Interested Party Testimony Before the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee

by Daniel J. Dew February 21, 2017

The undisputed brilliance of America’s founding and Constitution lies in the principle of federalism.  Justice Anthony Kennedy once wrote that “Federalism was our Nation’s own discovery.  The Framers split the atom of sovereignty.  It was the genius of their idea that our citizens would have two political capacities, one state and one federal, each protected from incursion by the other.”

Interested Party Testimony Before the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Amended House Bill 347

by Robert Alt November 30, 2016

Amended House Bill 347 takes a positive step in defending the property rights of Ohio citizens, while not impeding law enforcement’s ability to prevent crime, pursue criminals, and secure convictions. The bill adds measured safeguards to asset forfeiture proceedings by requiring a criminal conviction in most cases.