Category Archives: Government

Federal overregulation and Ohio’s electricity market, Part II: Harming consumers and the economy

Just like Ohio’s state renewable energy mandate, federal power plant emission regulations drive up electricity costs and risk reliability by directly interfering with the state energy market. The coal plants that are being closed generally cost somewhat more to operate …

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Federal overregulation and Ohio’s electricity market, Part I: High cost, low benefit

Government overregulation recently caused American Electric Power (AEP) to shut down several coal plants—including one of Ohio’s largest generators—in May. Even more power plant retirements are looming due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) imminent “Clean Power Plan” for carbon …

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Why is government transparency important?

According to the Tax Foundation, Ohioans pay approximately $4,217 per person in state and local taxes each year.  In total, the State of Ohio will collect just under $22 billion in revenue from in-state sources in 2015, and billions more …

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Welfare reform in Maine provides lessons for Ohio

Ohio, like many other states, has had its welfare rolls expand while its labor force has declined.  A new report from The Buckeye Institute highlights several welfare program reforms championed by Maine Governor Paul LePage that could serve Ohio and other states …

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Ohio’s Severance Tax Policy Should Look Beyond 17th Century Economics

In his 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Kasich argued that Ohio needed to increase the tax on oil and gas extraction—the severance tax—because removing oil and gas from the ground makes Ohio poorer.  Is this true?  Is Ohio …

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Containing State Spending is Key for Tax Reform

Governor Kasich’s proposed budget for FY 2016-2017 contains some positive features, but overall it continues the trend of unchecked growth in state spending. The Governor’s proposal expends an additional $912 million of the state-funded portion of the General Revenue Fund. …

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Check Out Ohio’s Checkbook

As previously mentioned, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s new Ohio Checkbook is a wonderful tool.  In this clip from WHIO in Dayton, Treasurer Mandel and our own Statehouse Liaison, Greg R. Lawson, discuss the benefits of transparency for Ohio taxpayers!

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