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Testimony

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Shouldn’t Regulate Professions Unless There is a Risk to Public Safety

Greg R. Lawson May 22, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee on the policies in House Bill 504.

The Buckeye Institute Calls on Policymakers to Protect the “Brilliance of America’s Constitution”: Federalism

Daniel J. Dew May 21, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Daniel J. Dew testified today before the Ohio Senate Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 23 and the importance of constitutional federalism. 

The Buckeye Institute Again Calls on Policymakers to Close Tax Loopholes

Greg R. Lawson May 09, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony today to the Ohio Tax Expenditure Review Committee urging the committee to close tax loopholes, which would create a better economic environment to grow Ohio’s economy.

The Buckeye Institute: Emergency Workers Who Help Ohio in Times of Disaster Should be Thanked Not Burdened with Red Tape

Greg R. Lawson April 11, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 133, where he outlined the onerous nature of Ohio’s “byzantine local tax policies and its arcane occupational licensing regime” and questioned why Ohio would extend “its failed policies to men and women from other states who have come to help restore our power, our water, and rebuild our infrastructure in the days after a disaster.”

The Buckeye Institute: Occupational Licensing is a Red-Taped Obstacle for Workers

Greg R. Lawson March 21, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Senate Bill 255 saying, “No one denies that state licensing requirements are needed in some cases and industries to ensure public safety…But these concerns fade quickly when applied to auctioneers, travel guides, and hairdressers—all of whom are subject to Ohio’s byzantine licensing requirements.”

The Buckeye Institute: Capital Budget Should be Reduced to Off-Set Costs of Voting Machines

Greg R. Lawson March 20, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on Senate Bill 135, saying, “The capital budget—and not a separate funding bill—is the more appropriate legislative vehicle for funding state infrastructure and core government responsibilities.”

The Buckeye Institute: Sales Tax Holidays are More Gimmick, Less Reform

Greg R. Lawson March 14, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony today to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on Senate Bill 226. Pointing to a report by the non-partisan Tax Foundation, Lawson said of sales tax holidays, they “represent more of a gimmick than fundamental reform.”

The Buckeye Institute: “Sue and Settle” Circumvents Constitutional Role of the Peoples’ Elected Representatives to Make Policy

Greg R. Lawson March 14, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on House Bill 301, calling the policy of “sue and settle” a “pernicious but all-too-common practice” that “circumvent[s] the constitutional prerogative of the General Assembly to make policy.”

The Buckeye Institute: Capital Budget Riddled with Pork Projects that Benefit Only Narrow Local Interests

Greg R. Lawson March 13, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on House Bill 529, Ohio’s 2018 capital budget, where he highlighted Buckeye's list of Top 10 Worst Capital Budget Requests, “We highlight more than $18 million of taxpayer dollars spent on pork projects that benefit only narrow local interests and not broader statewide needs. And that $18 million is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. All of the special interest projects combined pushes that total to at least $85 million.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Constitution is a Foundational Document, Not a List of Policy Choices

Greg R. Lawson March 07, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on House Bill 506. In his testimony, Lawson drew attention to a growing problem in Ohio – special interests pursuing constitutional amendment referendums in order to circumvent the legislature or force the legislature to consider legislation that they might not otherwise take up.