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 2014

 

Revenue Sharing Reform: On the Road to Ohio's Recovery

Appendix I: County Sales Tax General Revenues, 2012-2013

Appendix II: Municipal Income Tax General Revenues, 2011-2012

Appendix III: Township General Revenues, 2011-2012

Appendix IV: County Unassigned General Revenue Fund Balances, 2012

Appendix V: City Unassigned General Revenue Fund Balances, 2012

Appendix VI: Village General Revenue Fund Balances, 2012

 

Ohio by the Numbers- July 2014 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- June 2014 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- May 2014Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- April 2014 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

May 20, 2014 Interested Party Testimony Before the House Public Utilities Committee on Senate Bill 310

 

Does Supporting the Zoo Require Increased Funding and Reduced Accountability? A Review of the Proposed "Continuing" Levy

 

Ohio by the Numbers- March 2014 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio's "Student Data Accountability Act" Provides Cold Comfort to Student Data Privacy Conerns

 

Ohio by the Numbers- February 2014 / Ohio Labor Force Update

Please note, January not done due to BLS revisions and close release of updated data.

 

February 12, 2014- Interested Party Testimony to the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Commission

Greg Lawson testified to repeal Ohio's Alternatiive Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) on the premise that government mandates on energy are misguided and they "merely prop up non-competitive energy sources and supplies, and do not serve the recovering economy or Ohio energy consumers well". 

 

January 28, 2014- Interested Party Testimony to the Ohio House Shared Services and Government Efficiency Subcommittee on DataOhio

 

 2013

 

Ohio by the Numbers- December 2013 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- November 2013 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

 

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.  

 

Ohio by the Numbers- October 2013 / Ohio Labor Force Update (Due to government shutdown, BLS data from both September and October were released at the same time, thus we only ran the October update).

 

November 5, 2013 Buckeye Institute Testimony to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on Municipal Tax Reform

 

Controlling Authority: Why Ohio’s Controlling Board Lacks the Authority to Approve Medicaid Expansion Funding

 

Worse Than You Think: Cincinnati's Underfunded Pensions and an Analysis of Potential Reforms

 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- August 2013Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- July 2013 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Medicaid: Waivers are Temporary, Expansion is Forever

This report, co-authored by Buckeye President Robert Alt, shows how fundamental reforms to Ohio's Medicaid program cannot be implemented through so-called waivers.  

This is due for several reasons: waivers are temporary, subject to the discretion of federal bureaucrats and, even when approved, vulnerable to judicial review. 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- June 2013 / Ohio Labor Force Update

 

Ohio by the Numbers- May 2013

 

Ohio by the Numbers- April 2013

 

Ohio's Higher Education Budget: a Commendable if Modest Action Plan

 This report provides an assessment of Governor John Kasich's proposed Higher Education budget and finds that it represents a modest, yet positive, step towards better aligning state support for its public universities with performance-based measures. 

 

May 22 Senate Ways and Means Testimony on Tax Reform

 

May 8 Buckeye Institute Testimony Before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on Municipal Tax Reform

 

Ohio by the Numbers- March 2013

The latest Ohio by the Numbers shows that Ohio's private sector hit a rough patch in March, losing 16,800 private sector jobs and seeing a decline in the labor force.  

 

Medicaid Expansion: Myth vs. Reality

This report, written by Buckeye Institute President Robert Alt explodes some of the common myths and misperceptions surrounding the potential expansion of Medicaid in Ohio.

 

Why Medicaid Expansion is Like Hotel California

This piece written by Buckeye Institute President, Robert Alt, and Dan Greenberg, the President of the Advance Arkansas Institute make the case that the ability to "opt-out" of any Medicaid expansion is dubious, thus likely leaving states on the hook when the Federal Government changes the terms of the deal.

 

Ohio by the Numbers- February 2013

The latest Ohio by the Numbers includes the latest revisions in data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and adds a breakdown of Right to Work state private sector growth since 2012 when neighboring Indiana joined the ranks of RTW states.   (January not done due to BLS revisions and close release of updated data).

 

Heritage Foundation's Ed Haislmaier March 13 Testimony on Medicaid Expanson

The Heritage Foundation's Ed Haislmaier's, Senior Research Fellow for Health Policy Studies, testimony on why expansion of Medicaid is unwise policy for Ohio.

 

Robert Alt's Testimony on Expanding Medicaid: The Wrong  Decision for Ohio

Robert Alt's Testimony as an Interested Party before the Health and Human Services Subcommittee, Finance Committe, Ohio House of Representatives on March 13, 2013. Mr. Alt is testifying on Medicaid expansion, and why it is bad for Ohio.

 

Expanding Medicaid: The Wrong Decision for Ohio

This report outlines six reasons why expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and turning it into a broad-based welfare program that covers able-bodied adults with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty line is the wrong policy decision for Ohio.

 

 

 

2012

 

Ohio by the Numbers- December 2012

 

Ohio by the Numbers- November 2012

 

December 3 Policy Brief: Ohio Takes Lead on Asbestos Reform

The American civil justice system is premised on the ability of injured plaintiffs to recover damages from the parties whose actions caused their injuries. In the context of asbestos liability, this enduring concept has been undermined. In many states, courts are clogged with asbestos-related suits, companies are paying for non-existent injuries, and truly sick plaintiffs may be left with nothing to recover in the future.  This Policy Brief describes how this took place and what Ohio is doing to improve the situation in terms of transparency and fairness.

 

Ohio by the Numbers- October 2012

 

November 2 Policy Brief: Unsustainable Spending Drives Local School Levies

This Policy Brief indicates that the reason for so many local school tax levies is not primarily due to state budget cuts as big spenders constantly say, but because local districts have had a  spending problem that long-predates any revenue reductions. 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- September 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's unemployment rate drops to 7 percent but its private sector loses 11,400 jobs.  After reviewing other survey data, Ohio's labor force actually increased by 8,000.  This, combined with the loss of private sector jobs sends mixed messages on the ongoing status of the recovery Ohio has been experiencing.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 14th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly four and a half years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

October 2012 Policy Brief-The Obama Administration's Auto Bailout Failure

This Policy Brief shows how the Obama Administration's auto bailout injected politics into the reorganization process for GM and Chrysler while inhibiting the industry's long-term ability to fully recover. 

 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- August 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector hits a snag and loses 2,900 jobs while the unemployment rate stays close to a percentage lower than the national average.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 13th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly four and a half years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Ohio by the Numbers- July 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained over 16,000 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 13th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly four and a half years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

Buckeye Institute Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Pensions

The Buckeye Institute offers its thoughts on what fundamental pension reform should look like as the House of Representatives holds hearings on a package of bills aimed at addressing underfunding in the five state pensions.

 

Ten Myths and Facts on Transportation Public-Private Partnerships

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. 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- June 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 18,700 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 14th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

2012 We the People Convention State of the State Presentation

This is a PDF version of the presentation used by the Buckeye Institute during one of its sessions at the We the People Convention in Columbus.  This presentation offers a historical overview of Ohio's economy and the challenges Ohio confronts to return to position of economic prominence.

 

Health Reforms Basics Presentation from We the People Convention

This is a quick overview of the health reforms made as part of the Affordable Care Act from Linda Gorman, Health Care Policy Director at Colorado's Independence Institute.  

 

Ohio by the Numbers- May 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained over 20,600 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 18th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

June 2012 Policy Brief- Demystifying "Transition Costs" When Reforming Public Pensions

One of the typical roadblocks erected to block fundamental public pension reform in Ohio is the dreaded notion of "transition costs" or the costs associated with the closing of the traditional defined-benefit (DB) plans to new workers while shifting those new workers into defined contribution plans.  Essentially, supporters of the status quo argue that the state will be unable to afford their current obligations if new employees aren't paying into the DB plans.  This Policy Brief shows that these arguments may be less persuasive than meets the eye given that the actual amortization of the liabilities is a completely separate issue from actual reforms of the pension systems themselves.

 

Ohio by the Numbers- April 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained over 20,600 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 18th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Buckeye Institute Testimony Before the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee on Pension Reforms

This is the testimony offered by the Buckeye Institute to the State Senate panel overseeing pension reform legislation.  In it, the Buckeye Institute argues that the need for fundamental reform is the only way to permanently resolve the potential for taxpayers being "on the hook" for a possible bailout of the public pensions should the economy hit a rough patch that greatly reduces their rate of return.
 

Buckeye Institute Testimony Before the House Criminal Justice Committee on HB 524 the Collateral Sanctions Bill

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.

 

Buckeye Institute Testimony Before Senate Finance Committee on HB 487 (MBR) and Spending Surplus Tax Revenues

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.

 

May 2012 Policy Brief- Big Government Spending Not Requisite for Economic Growth

This Policy Brief shows clearly that states that spend beyond their means do not prosper.  Instead, states that foster pro—growth public policies and restrain spending are best able to promote growth.  Few measures better demonstrate the relationship between government spending and private sector growth than state and local spending burdens. 

 

Ohio by the Numbers- March 2012

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector lost over 8,000 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 23rd fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains nearly five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Policy Brief- April, 2012: Economic Freedom Summary

This two page Policy Brief pulls the most relevant data points from our recent Right to Work report in order to show that Ohio's economic climate has long been harmed by an anti-competitive labor market that forces workers into unions and increases the costs of doing business.  It argues that economic freedom will help Ohio to grow at a much higher pace than it has in recent decades and is an important piece of a pro-growth agenda that can put Ohio back in the front of the pack of states when it comes to economic health.

 

Ohio Right-to-Work: How the Economic Freedom of Workers Enhances Prosperity

The typical Ohioan today would have a higher income and standard of living if the Buckeye State had matched the nation in its rate of economic growth in recent decades. However, it did not, and due largely to an unattractive labor climate in the state for business investments and workers wishing to work. This report outlines how a right to work law would lead to an improved labor environment that guarantees workers the freedom to join, or not join, labor unions as they so choose.  

 

Buckeye Institute Testimony Before Senate State, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee Regarding Federalism

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.
 


2011

 

Ohio by the Numbers- December 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector lost 6,400 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 21st fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Ohio by Numbers-November 2011

 In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 4,500 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 19th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Response to Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Regarding "Hanging by a Thread"

The Buckeye Institute responds to several points raised by various public pension funds against our recent "Hanging by a Thread" report that detailed the precarious financial position of Ohio's public pension system.  

 

Hanging by a Thread: Big Payouts and Promises Leave Ohio Pension Plans on the Brink of Collapse--or a Massive Bailout

Cumulatively, Ohio's public pension funds are only 67 percent funded, meaning they only have 67 cents of assets for every $1 of liabilities.  Three out of the five pension systems, under current law, will never be able to pay off their liabilities under sound actuarial practice.  While there are numerous reasons for the financial challenges each of these public pension funds faces, the single largest is the very structure of old-school defined-benefit pensions with benefits that far exceed the average retirement benefits for a worker in the private sector.  This report argues that it is essential that a shift occur towards defined-contribution plans                                           that more closely track how retirements are funded in the private sector,                               otherwise, taxpayers may well be asked to pony up the bill if investment                                         returns for the funds fail to meet expectations.

 

Ohio by Numbers-October 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 4,500 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 19th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Testimony Before Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tax Expenditures

The Buckeye Institute along with representatives from two other think tanks offer 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.

 

Joining Forces: Consolidation Will Help Ohio's Local Governments If Compensation Package Costs are Properly Managed

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.

 

Solving Our Fiscal Challenges

This quick document has been used by the Buckeye Institute during multiple public speaking engagements and is a convenient, easy to ready piece that shows the dire state of Ohio's economy over the last two decades and some of the key policy areas where changes must be made in order to enhance Ohio's competitiveness.

 

Ohio by Numbers-September 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector lost 20,600 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 18th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Ohio Labor Union Officials Earnings (Greater than $75,000)

As the debate over Senate Bill 5 continues to rage, the Buckeye Institute compiled a list of the salaries of major officials within Ohio's union movement.  The high salaries, particularly of those working with public sector unions, indicate that taxpayers interests are not necessarily being adequately defended in the absence of compensation reform.
 

The City of Reynoldsburg: A Case Study in How Reforming Employee Compensation Can Prevent Higher Taxes, Layoffs and Program Cuts

This is a brief case study showing how the reform of public worker compensation in the city of Reynoldsburg could play a key role in avoiding the need for additional taxes while also avoiding layoffs and cuts to programs that voters have come to expect.

 

Testimony on Technology Innovation Before House Technology in State Government Committee

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.

 

 

Ohio by Numbers-August 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector did not gain or lose jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 14th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

 

STRS Misleads Taxpayers and Teachers

 The Buckeye Institute responds to the State Teachers' Retirement System on several points raised by STRS with respect to our previous report on taxpayer contribution rates for government workers.

 

Taxpayers on the Hook: Appendix (State Taxpayer Contribution Rates)

 A brief appendix showing the various taxpayer funded rates to public pension systems in all 50 states.

 

Taxpayers on the Hook: Taxpayer Contribution Rates for Ohio Government Pensions Outpace National Averages

This report illustrates that Ohio's public entity matching rate to its public pensions outpaces the national averages of other states.  In essence, this report shows that Ohio's public pensions are far more generous than those offered not only in the private sector, but more generous than those offered by public entities in many other states.

 

Teachers Self Report They Don't Work Large Amounts of Uncompensated Time 

This Policy Brief points out that despite much of the political rhetoric used by teachers unions concerning the lack of adequate compensation for those working in schools, many rank and file teachers point out that they do not engage in vast amounts of uncompensated work.  This Policy Brief actually uses survey results pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Testimony on Tax Expenditures Before the Ohio House Tax Structure Study Committee

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.

 

Educational Ad on Central Ohio Schools

 An advertisement put together by the Buckeye Institute that ran in several suburban newspapers seeking to educate Ohioans about  the dire fiscal hole confronting schools in Central Ohio and the need for compensation reform to get their budgets back in order and on a sustainable foundation.

 

Ohio by Numbers-July 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 6,900 jobs.  Since January 2010, Ohio has had the 16th fastest growing private sector in the nation, but remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Great Columbus Area School Districts Fiscal Reports

This brief chart explains exactly how serious the fiscal crisis is for Central Ohio school districts.  Cumulatively, the Central Ohio school districts are projecting a nearly $1 billion deficit by 2015.  96 percent of their budgets are being swallowed up by compensation costs, showing how difficult it will be to gain budget sanity in the absence of compensation and collective bargaining reform.

 

Jobs & Compensation Comparison

Several easy charts that show that Ohio's private sector has been taking it on the chin since 2000 while government has emerged largely unscathed.  They also show the difference in compensation for the annual total costs of public vs. private sector workers, including insurance and pensions contributions, in Ohio over the next 30 years

 

Ohio by Numbers-June 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 17,900 jobs.  Ohio remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Out of Whack: Egregious Examples of Government Compensation Packages

 

Ohio Cost of Government Power Point (From We the People Convention)

A brief Power Point used by the Buckeye Institute during its education sessions from this year's We the People Convention.

 

 

 

Ohio State of the State Power Point (From We the People Convention)

A brief Power Point used by the Buckeye Institute during its education sessions from this year's We the People Convention.

 

 

Buckeye Institute Comments Before the Ohio Retirement Study Council

The Buckeye Institute's testimony before the Ohio Retirement Study Council regarding the need for fundamental pension reform as opposed to small-scale changes.  

 

Five More Myths About Collective Bargaining Reform and Senate Bill 5

This Policy Brief outlines several common myths being perpetuated by public sector unions seeking to derail this much needed collective bargaining reforms.  Highlights include debunking the notion that real change can occur under the current collective bargaining framework in Ohio and debunking the notion that Big Labor has ever offered any substantive ideas on reforms to make collective bargaining more effective in Ohio.

 

Ohio by Numbers-May 2011

In this monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health, Ohio's private sector gained 10,200 jobs.  Ohio remains over five years away from reaching its peak private sector employment from March 2000.

 

Ohio by Numbers-April 2011

This is the Buckeye Institute's monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health.  

 

Top Ten Myths About Collective Bargaining Reform and Senate Bill 5

This Policy Brief outlines several common myths being perpetuated by public sector unions seeking to derail this much needed collective bargaining reforms.  Highlights include debunking the idea that cuts made in the biennial budget are primarily responsible for the structural problems in the budgets of countless local government bodies throughout Ohio and the idea that police and fire safety personnel will be put in harm's way as a result of the reforms contained in Senate Bill 5.

 

Fact from Fiction: The Dire Fiscal Conditions of Our Schools

A one stop map that shows that Ohio's 613 school districts are cumulative projecting a $7.6 billion deficit by 2015.  The counties on the map are color coded to show the areas where the deficits of the districts in those counties are the greatest.

 

 

OPERS Ignores Its Own Statements and Misleads the Public

 

An Analysis of Senate Bill 5

Ohio Education Association Encourages Teachers to Indoctrinate Ohio's Kids

Ohio by Numbers-March 2011

This is the Buckeye Institute's monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health.

 

Ohio by Numbers-February 2011

This is the Buckeye Institute's monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health.  


The Impact of Shifting Ohio State Workers from Defined Benefit Plans to Defined Contribution Plans

This Policy Brief uses the "Michigan Model" to examine how much Ohio could save over the next 30 years if the state began shifting employees into defined-contribution plans as opposed to the current default defined-benefit plans.  

 

State of the State: Ohio's Weak Economy Struggles to Prop Up an Oversized Government

This signature report by the Buckeye Institute shows with crystal clear data that the average public sector worker in Ohio makes more than the average private sector employee.  This state of affairs is taking place at a time when Ohio's private sector economy has been battered, jobs have been lost and household incomes have declined.

 

Ohio by Numbers-January 2011

This is the Buckeye Institute's monthly report on the state of Ohio's economic health.  

 

Analysis of Governor John Kasich's 2012-2013 Budget

A Short Response to the Innovation Ohio Report “Ohio Teachers and Collective Bargaining: An Analysis”

 

Six Principles for Fixing Ohio

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

 

Appendix to” Six Principles for Fixing Ohio”: School District Charts

This appendix includes a series of charts that show exactly how each school district is projecting to fair through 2015 using data supplied by each district to the Ohio Department of Education.  We then ran a brief experiment to highlight how confronting embedded labor costs are driving many budgets into the red and how that could be partially ameliorated through compensation reform BEFORE seeking additional taxes and making deep cuts to personnel numbers or other educational programming.

 

Cherry Picking Comparisons to Get a Pre-Determined Result:  A Short Response to the Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) Report "Are Ohio Public Employees Over-Compensated?"

The Buckeye Institute's response to an attack effort buy the union backed Economic Policy Institute regarding the compensation of public employees in Ohio vs. compensation of average private sector workers in Ohio.

 

Testimony on Collective Bargaining Before Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee

 

2010

 

Ohio by Numbers-December 2010

Ohio by Numbers-November 2010

Crushing Weight: National Health Care Law Threatens to Make Medicaid an Unsustainable Burden for Ohioans

Smart on Crime: With Prison Costs on the Rise, Ohio Needs Better Policies for Protecting the Public

A Final Word on the DROP Program and our Report

Response to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund regarding Dipped in Gold

Dipped in Gold: Upper-Management Police and Fire Retirees become Public-Service Millionaires

Magellan Strategies Ohio Statewide Budget Survey Topline Results

Magellan Strategies Ohio Statewide Budget Survey Cross-tabs

Magellan Strategies Ohio Statewide Budget Presentation

The Grand Bargain is Still Dead

The Grand Bargain is Dead:  The Compensation of State Government Workers Far Exceeds Their Private-Sector Neighbors

The Need for Levy Reform in Ohio -- Conversion Levy: One Vote, Permanent Tax Increases

State of the State: Two Decades of Weak Job Growth and Skyrocketing Government Costs Pose Daunting Challenges for Ohioans

Medical Savings Accounts: A How to Guide for Ohio Businesses and Employees

Tax Reform for Ohio's New Millenium

Making Sense of the Ohio Estate Tax

Income Tax Progressivity in Ohio

When Government Competes with Private Enterprise:  How Lebanon, Ohio Got into the Telecommunications Business

Grinding to a Halt:  Ohio's Tax Policy and its Impact on Economic Growth

Taxicab Regulation in Ohio's Largest Cities

Five Steps to Fundamental Tax Reform:  A Pro-Growth Blueprint

Reforming Medicaid in Ohio:  A Framework for Using Consumer Choice and Competition to Spur Improved Outcomes

Decentralizing Federal Employment:  Feasibility and Impact on Ohio Cities

New Directions for Fiscal Policy in Ohio:  Citizens Attitudes toward Spending and Taxation

Should Ohio Limit Government Spending and Taxes?

Why Ohio Should Not Build High Speed Rail

Prevailing Wage Law Costs Ohio Taxpayers Millions