Monthly Archives: April 2012

State Auditor Finds $6 Million in Savings for ODOT

State Auditor Dave Yost should get a solid round of applause for the latest report issued by the office.   According to the Associated Press, the Auditor found $6 million in potential savings for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). …

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Teacher Pension Changes Welcome, But Still Insufficient

The State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) of Ohio recently released its fourth reform plan to address the significant fiscal challenges facing the system ($43 billion in unfunded liabilties).  As the Ohio Senate prepares to tackle public pension reform legislation as …

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March 2012 Ohio by the Numbers Report Now Available

The March 2012 Ohio by the Numbers report is now available. This report compares Ohio to other states in overall private sector job growth over several distinct time spans.  The goal is to illustrate Ohio’s overall economic trajectory over the past …

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Be Wary of Those Pushing the Status Quo

Governor Kasich’s rollout of a Mid-Biennial Review (MBR) process has generated a great deal of debate across a host of policy issues.  And those proposals touching on taxes are among the most debated and often the most heated. Whatever your …

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Buckeye Institute to Offer Session at Citizen Watchdog Event

The Buckeye Institute’s Statehouse Liaison and Policy Analyst, Greg  R. Lawson, will be participating in a Citizen Watchdog event in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, May 12. The event is put together by the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity …

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The Momentum Grows: Virginia Creates Mandatory Hybrid System

Just days ago, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted one of the most sweeping pieces of public pension reform legislation in the country, joining the growing ranks of states that have rejected the status quo and embraced real reform. Similar to …

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Want to Save Teacher Jobs?  Look at the Compensation!

Early last year we released a fascinating report showing how many school districts could go from projecting multi-million dollar budget deficits to surpluses without necessarily eliminating large numbers of jobs. How?  Compensation reform. This kind of discussion might help ease the pain …

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