Category Archives: Economy

Ohio job growth exceptionally strong in February

Ohio added 12,400 jobs in February, a sign that the state’s economy is moving forward. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%. “The February jobs report has great news for Ohio as thousands of people entered the labor force and …

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Cincinnati pension fix is band-aid, not real reform

By Patrick Foley. In 2014, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley worked with city officials and workers to arrive at a “historic agreement” to avert a crisis and stabilize their pension system. The deal was finalized in early 2015 and took effect …

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The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Budget Requests to Ohio legislators this year

The Ohio legislature is considering a new capital appropriations budget. Local groups from all over Ohio have submitted requests to get state money for their pet projects. For nearly every one, the legislature should say N-O. The Buckeye Institute ranks …

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White House chief economist supports reduced licensing

By Alan J. Beam The Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors testified February 2 on occupational licensing before a United States Senate Subcommittee.  The White House’s chief economist Jason Furman noted, “The share of the U.S. workforce covered …

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New Analysis: Ohio job growth in November

By Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Joe Nichols Ohio’s jobs report was generally favorable in November. Total employment increased by 9,900 during the month. Private businesses added 7,000 jobs, and governments added another 2,900. High oil and gas production in …

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New report: Ohio scores poorly on economic freedom

  Ohio ranks 40th among the 50 states in economic freedom, held back by high government spending on public employee pensions, workers’ compensation and social programs, according to a new report released today by The Buckeye Institute and the Fraser …

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The Buckeye Institute’s Bill Batchelder testifies before U.S. Senate

Former Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, now a fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, testifies to Congress today about the advantages of legislatures budgeting for two years at a time rather than just one. Ohio has done biennial …

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