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Testimony & Public Comments

Buckeye Institute-Championed Universal Occupational Licensing Recognition Will Open Ohio’s Doors to Skilled Workers

Greg R. Lawson June 09, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 131, which would adopt universal occupational license recognition for people moving to Ohio. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, outlined the solution to Ohio’s unnecessarily burdensome occupational license regime—universal occupational license recognition.

The Buckeye Institute: Joining Nursing Compact Would Make it Easier for Nurses to Work in Ohio

Greg R. Lawson June 08, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Health Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 3, which would make it easier for nurses to work in Ohio by joining the Nursing Licensure Compact. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that the best policy for Ohio is universal occupational license recognition, which would make “Ohio a national licensing reform leader,” and “avoids the complexity and complications associated with multi-state compacts, including higher and unnecessary barriers to employment in Ohio.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Needs a Better Higher Education System

Greg R. Lawson June 02, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 135, which would improve Ohio’s higher education system and “help thousands of Ohioans obtain the skills and education they need at prices they can afford.” In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that Senate Bill 135 “may well be the most significant higher education reform legislation in recent memory.”

The Buckeye Institute: House Bill 175 Would Assert Ohio General Assembly’s Constitutional Policymaking Duties

Andrew J. Geisler May 25, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Agriculture and Conservation Committee on the policies in House Bill 175. In his testimony, Andrew J. Geisler, legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute, outlined why properly defining “waters of the state” is important and why, as the elected representatives of the people of Ohio, it is important that the General Assembly is the body to set the definition. 

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Burdensome Cosmetology Requirements Need to be Trimmed

Greg R. Lawson May 19, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 133, which will reduce the hours of education required to obtain a cosmetology license. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, recognized that Ohio needs to do much more work to eliminate or reduce unnecessary occupational license restrictions, but that Senate Bill 133 will “remove at least some of the occupational licensing obstacles faced by Ohio’s working men and women.” 

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Budget is an Opportunity to Adopt Bold Reforms

Greg R. Lawson May 18, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial operating budget, which accounts for a little less than half of state spending. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that a well-crafted, sustainable budget can “address some important long-standing issues.”

Buckeye Institute-Championed Universal Occupational Licensing Recognition Will Make Ohio More Prosperous

Logan Kolas May 05, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 203, which would embrace universal occupational license recognition for people moving to Ohio. In its testimony, Buckeye urged lawmakers to follow the lead of Arizona, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Utah and adopt universal occupational license recognition, saying, “House Bill 203’s licensing recognition…will help Ohio by helping would-be Ohio workers pursue careers and professions here.”
 

The Buckeye Institute: Education Savings Accounts Give Ohio’s Children the Best Chance to Succeed

Greg R. Lawson May 05, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee on the education budget included in House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial operating budget. In its testimony, Buckeye outlined how Ohio can “take a student-first approach to funding K-12 education” using education savings accounts, which “provide a bipartisan funding solution” and “help parents afford critical education resources and the flexibility needed for students to succeed.”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio’s Budget Should Fund Priorities in a Time of Pandemic Recovery

Greg R. Lawson April 15, 2021

The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio House Finance Committee on the policies in House Bill 110, Ohio’s biennial operating budget, which accounts for a little less than half of state spending. In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has “created new challenges and new opportunities” for policymakers in crafting an operating budget that balances the “public’s health and safety, the economic needs of struggling small businesses, and maintain[s] a sustainable long-term budget that does not hinder growth...”

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Should Disclose Party ID on Judicial Election Ballots

Robert Alt March 25, 2021

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on the policies in House Bill 149, which would disclose party identification on general election ballots in Ohio’s judicial races. In his testimony, Alt noted that including party identification would catalyze higher levels of voter engagement in general elections for Ohio’s judges and would clear up confusion in this opaque system that causes fewer Ohioans to cast votes in judicial races.