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Testimony

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.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee

by Greg R. Lawson November 03, 2016

A responsive and responsible UC system can and should be part of rebuilding Ohio’s economic structure by offering a “safety springboard” for Ohioans who can work, but need time to transition from job-loss back to the workforce. 

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Senate Bill 329

by Greg R. Lawson September 27, 2016

The ladder to economic prosperity is hard enough to climb without the state making it even harder and more expensive. Fortunately, several provisions in Senate Bill 329 hand the General Assembly new tools for weeding out some of Ohio’s most unnecessary and burdensome licenses.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Senate State & Local Government Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 15

by Daniel J. Dew May 25, 2016

As the Concurrent Resolution rightly acknowledges, the Constitution of the United States created a federal government of limited and enumerated powers, enshrining within its Articles and first ten Amendments the principles of federalism and the separation of powers.

Testimony Submitted to the Ohio Grace Commission

by Greg R. Lawson April 21, 2016

Governor Kasich and the General Assembly deserve credit for finding ways to slow government spending. Much of the current budget provides for flat funding or just a slight increase in appropriations for many state agencies. This is a positive step.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Finance Committee on House Bill 130

by Greg R. Lawson April 20, 2016

Recognizing the need for and challenges of providing more fiscal transparency, The Buckeye Institute developed its own searchable database for tracking state spending on salaries for state employees, K-12 teachers, 4-year Higher Education, and select local government employees.

Testimony Submitted to the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission

by Greg R. Lawson February 24, 2016

Every tax expenditure is really just an exception to the tax code that narrows the tax base. The narrower the tax base the higher and more confiscatory taxes become for those still subject to the tax.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House State Government Committee on Amended Senate Bill 152

by Greg R. Lawson February 03, 2016

Residency requirements are fundamentally unfair to workers across the state. Ohio’s economy is best served by a rising tide that will lift all boats. Residency requirements are inherently protectionist and can easily lead to a lack of employment for those that are qualified and willing to work.

Interested Party Testimony Submitted to the Ohio House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee on House Bill 384

by Greg R. Lawson January 19, 2016

Eventually, we will need to address the perverse economic incentives in the student loan system itself—incentives embedded in virtually all government subsidized sectors. But every journey begins with a first step, and allowing the Auditor of State to look for savings and efficiencies that might help lower the price of Ohio’s higher education is a good one.

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