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Testimony

In Testimony to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, The Buckeye Institute Offers an “Alternative to Failure” to Close Ohio’s Education Achievement Gap

Greg R. Lawson September 14, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson—a research fellow at Buckeye and the co-author of Education Savings Accounts: Expanding Education Options for Ohio—testified today before the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In his testimony, Lawson recommended that policymakers “fundamentally re-think Ohio’s tried-and-failed approach to public school funding,” and said it is time to “look for ways to better address the academic needs of students as individuals, instead of the needs of schools, districts, and systems that happen to contain students.”

The Buckeye Institute: Reducing Ohio’s Regulatory Burden Would Boost the Economy and Grow Jobs

Greg R. Lawson June 27, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce, and Workforce Committee on Senate Bill 293, saying, “Ohio desperately needs regulatory reform that eliminates unnecessary regulations that strangle private industry and enterprise as part of the state’s broader reform efforts to boost economic growth.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Needs to Undertake Comprehensive Tax Reform, Not Pass New Taxes

Greg R. Lawson June 19, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 571, writing, “As tempting as House Bill 571 may be for some revenue collectors, Ohio must be careful not to allow or encourage local governments to impose harmful new—and in this case, illegal—taxes apart from a more balanced and comprehensive tax reform effort.”

The Buckeye Institute: Energy Mandates and Subsidies Harm Ohio’s Economy

Greg R. Lawson June 06, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on House Bill 114. In setting the context for his testimony, Lawson told policymakers that The Buckeye Institute “support[s] renewable energy and encourage[s] the growth of the renewable energy industry in Ohio. But we do not support government-imposed energy mandates of any kind.”

The Buckeye Institute Urges Ohio Policymakers to Pursue Systemic Tax Reform

Greg R. Lawson June 05, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Greg R. Lawson testified today before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 333 saying, that “nullifying tax penalties and making the tax code fairer for taxpayers is…laudable,” but pointing out that Ohio’s tax system needs systemic changes.

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.”