All 6 Graphics on the Severance Tax Proposal (Large File)
Parks 2.0: Operating State Parks Through Public-Private Partnerships: This report jointly released by the Buckeye Institute and the Reason Foundation outlines how public-private partnerships (PPPs) are one promising solution that would invite the private sector to play a bigger role in keeping state parks open without imposing additional burdens on taxpayers.
In the last 25 years, over 30 states have enacted legislation authorizing the private sector financing of highways and other transportation projects. In some cases, states are pursuing such public-private partnerships, or P3s, seeking to make improvements to existing state toll roads, and in others officials are pursuing private financing for new transportation projects to supplement declining revenues from traditional funding sources: federal and state fuel taxes. This joint report with the Reason Foundation outlines the truth behind 10 common misperceptions on how P3s operate.
The Buckeye Institute testified as an Interested Party on a bill that sought to open new doors to employment for many people who have served their time for non-violent offenses but have been largely barred from a variety of legitimate opportunities.
The Buckeye Institute testified before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee and argued that despite the appearance of surplus tax revenue at the end of the fiscal year, now would be an inopportune moment to simply return to the old way of doing business and spending that revenue. The testimony went on to describe economic uncertainty that Ohio confronted and the need to keep government spending limited in order to allow the private sector to flourish.
The Buckeye Institute offered this testimony on the central importance of federalism to the operation of good government and how states serve the indispensable function of being "laboratories of democracy" where ideas can compete.
This report examines the issue of local government reform. Given that Ohio has over 3,900 different taxing authorities, it is little surprise that Ohio's LOCAL tax burden is particularly high, ranking number 6 nationally as a percentage of personal income. The need to find new efficiencies across the board amongst Ohio's various localities is likely to be a key to avoiding the continued expansion of a local tax burden. Using Marion County as a test case, this report looks at how the combination of public worker compensation reform and strategic consolidation of some, though certainly not all, entities can reduce expenses and protect taxpayers.
The Buckeye Institute offered testimony before a House committee on the benefits of continuing to embrace technological change as a way to make state government more efficient and better serve taxpayers. In particular, it is suggested that the Department of Administrative Services redouble its focus on the consolidation of back room IT needs, that when at all possible, IT work should be outsourced to private sector companies that have the appropriate skill sets to achieve high value, and that Ohio consider implementing a state IT usage audit in order to gauge the productivity of state workers
The Buckeye Institute offers testimony on the need to begin rationalizing the Ohio tax code and stop the proliferation of tax expenditures, commonly known as "loopholes." These tax expenditures, though they may help certain businesses to establish much needed jobs on a case by case basis, fail to make Ohio's overall tax climate as positive as it needs to be in order for the overall investment picture to be seen as desirable from an employer perspective.
This key Buckeye Institute report outlines six major principles that Ohio policymakers must keep in mind if they are to help return Ohio to its previous position of economic greatness. These principles include: not using past status quo budgets as a guide for the future, breaking Big Labor's stranglehold over the Midwest, placing taxpayers concerns above those of government bureaucrats and special interest groups, making certain that government benefits more closely align with those available to those in the private sector, and demanding that the federal government step aside and let the states get things done in their own backyards.