Category Archives: Government

Lame Duck Legislation, Not Necessarily Fishy or Fowl

Columbus is currently abuzz with the “lame duck.”  By all accounts, the origin of the phrase “lame duck” is 18th century London.  It referred to, quite literally, a duck who could not keep up with the rest of the ducks in …

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Ohio Business Tax Climate Ranks Poorly in New Tax Foundation Study

With the release of the non-partisan Tax Foundation’s 2015 Business Tax Climate report, a massive spotlight is being shined on the imperative for further, major reform in Ohio. Unfortunately, what shows up under the glaring light at the moment is …

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Medicaid Expansion: More Spending Will Lead to More Taxes

Proponents of Medicaid expansion, including Ohio’s Governor John Kasich, have suggested recently that “[t]he opposition to [Medicaid expansion] was really either political or ideological,” and have claimed that expanding Medicaid has nothing to do with ObamaCare. As the leading opponent …

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Transparency and Fiscal Accountability Go Hand in Hand

Does $787,637 sound like a reasonable salary for the public executive in a city of 38,000 people? In 2010 a major scandal erupted when the Los Angeles Times revealed via a public records request that the Chief Administrative Officer of …

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Will “War on Coal” Devastate Ohio?

Given the recent news regarding the new U.S. EPA rules on reducing carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels nationally, it only makes sense to examine the likely impact on Ohio given that around 70 percent of its energy is …

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Buckeye Institute Urges General Assembly to Let the Market Decide on “Green Energy”

The Ohio House of Representatives was poised to pass Senate Bill 310 this week—a piece of legislation that would implement a two-year freeze on the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolio standards.  The bill would also create a special …

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Open Ohio for Business: Reform the Municipal Income Tax Now

The Buckeye Institute’s recent Columbus Dispatch op-ed by our Statehouse Liaison and Policy Analyst, Greg R. Lawson, asks of Ohio policymakers: “is a state really open for business when its local governments require some businesses to file not one, not …

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