Monthly Archives: April 2011

A lesson on federal pensions

At the Buckeye Institute, we usually focus on state and local fiscal issues and hardly dabble in federal issues as there are other fiscal conservative, free market groups in Washington that fill that role.  However, since we do have the …

Posted in Pensions | Leave a comment

Getting to Pay for Performance

One of the most frustrating aspects of Ohio education policy is the notion that teachers are not paid for performance, but are paid based solely on seniority. While no one wants to see effective longtime teachers cut loose because of …

Posted in Public Sector Reform | Leave a comment

Government Food?

In tough times we review our spending priorities and sort essential expenses from things we can live without. It is not more than fair that government does the same. In addition to general belt-tightening, this is also a good time …

Posted in Government | Leave a comment

All The Way From Europe: Another Wind Turbine for Ohio

Today, a 24 stories high wind turbine arrived in Ohio after being shipped all the way from Europe.  As the Buckeye Institute has written in the past, wind turbines are not an economical source of energy for Ohio and they …

Posted in Government | 3 Comments

Cuyahoga County and Willoughby Salary Data Now Available

Finally, we have added more salaries to our Local Government database.  Over the course of the next several months we will be adding information for Ohio’s major cities and counties.  Here are some highlights from Cuyahoga County and the City …

Posted in Annoucements | 1 Comment

Unions, Be Careful of What You Wish For

The collective bargaining reform law SB5 is a constructive attempt, albeit a modest one, to address the inherent problem that unionization of government employees and the resulting excessive cost it has brought to state and local governments in Ohio. Now …

Posted in Public Sector Reform | 8 Comments

Mass Transit is Not Financially Independent

Plans for new mass-transit, light-rail networks very often come with promises that they will be financially independent and that taxpayers will not have to fund the operation. The conventional wisdom is that urban areas provide enough demand for mass transit …

Posted in Government | Leave a comment