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Testimony

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Experience with Medicaid Expansion Should Raise Red Flags for Florida

Greg R. Lawson August 07, 2019

Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Monday before the Florida Financial Impact Estimating Conference on the financial estimates and impacts of Medicaid expansion. In 2020, Florida voters will vote on a constitutional amendment that will expand Medicaid to cover healthy, able-bodied adults with no children.

The Buckeye Institute: Taxpayer Funded Subsidies Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

Greg R. Lawson June 19, 2019

Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Wednesday before the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on the policies in House Bill 6, which creates a taxpayer funded subsidy to prop-up failing businesses, saying, “The Buckeye Institute opposes government subsidies, pure and simple…using the power of government to disadvantage market competitors makes for bad public policy.”

The Buckeye Institute: Removing Restrictions on Nurses Will Improve Access to Health Care and Reduce Costs

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 18, 2019

Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute, testified Tuesday before the Ohio House Health Committee on the policies in House Bill 177, which would lift unnecessary restrictions placed on nurses that drive up health care costs and limit access to care for Ohioans.

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Budget Remains Too Large, Too Unsustainable

Greg R. Lawson June 17, 2019

Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Monday before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on the Ohio Senate’s version of House Bill 166—Ohio’s biennial budget, noting that “despite many improvements, the Senate’s proposed budget remains too large [and] too unsustainable to weather anything other than the sunniest economic conditions.”

The Buckeye Institute Testifies Before Arizona Corporation Commission on its Analysis of Electric Car Subsidies

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D. June 12, 2019

Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and the co-author of It Ain’t Easy Being Green: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Electric Vehicles in Arizona, testified Wednesday before the Arizona Corporation Commission on the proposed policy that would allow Arizona’s public utilities to build charging stations for electric vehicles and pass the costs on to Arizonans through higher utility bills.

The Buckeye Institute: Policies in Senate Bill 3 Are Commonsense Reforms That Will Keep Our Communities Safe

Daniel J. Dew June 12, 2019

Daniel J. Dew, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, testified Wednesday before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 3, which would safely reduce Ohio’s prison population by ensuring those suffering from addiction receive treatment instead of a prison cell. In his testimony, Dew noted that “Ohio stands among the nation’s leaders in looking for commonsense policies that will keep our neighborhoods safe while ensuring that non-violent offenders do not overrun our prisons or our courts.”

The Buckeye Institute: Criminal Justice Reforms in House Bill 1 Will Help More People Who Have Paid Their Debt to Society

Daniel J. Dew June 06, 2019

Daniel J. Dew, a legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, testified Thursday before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on the policies in House Bill 1, which will make it easier for people to receive treatment for drug addiction rather than receiving a criminal conviction, and will make it easier for people to have their criminal records sealed after they have paid their debt to society.

The Buckeye Institute: Clarifying Regulations on Debt Settlement Companies Can Help Ohioans Facing Debt

Greg R. Lawson June 04, 2019

Columbus, OH – Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Tuesday before the Ohio House Financial Institutions Committee on House Bill 131, which clarifies restrictions on debt settlement companies that could make it more difficult for Ohioans to get help resolving their debt, saying, “Ohio’s arbitrary fee caps and poorly tailored law makes it harder for some debt settlement firms to operate here, which, in turn, makes it harder for many [Ohioans] to reduce and settle their outstanding debts.”

The Buckeye Institute: Text of Laws Should Determine Legislative Intent in Court Cases

Greg R. Lawson May 28, 2019

Columbus, OH – Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Tuesday before the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee on Senate Bill 108, which would eliminate a law—Ohio Revised Code Section 1.49—that encourages Ohio courts to rely on problematic sources to devise the legislative intent of ambiguous statutes.

The Buckeye Institute Urges Policymakers to Address Rising Medicaid Costs

Greg R. Lawson May 28, 2019

Columbus, OH – Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Tuesday before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on House Bill 166 and the need to address rising Medicaid costs, saying, “House Bill 166 is not without its fiscal flaws, but there are several areas that the House of Representatives’ proposed budget largely got right, namely, its efforts to improve Medicaid and Ohio’s healthcare policy.”