Category Archives: Government

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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Sunlight and Major Kudos to OH Treasurer Josh Mandel

We have big news to share, if you haven’t already seen your Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dayton Daily News, Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal or any of the more than 30 other Ohio newspapers that ran the story yesterday. The Buckeye Institute’s public salary …

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come — Testifying on Criminal Intent

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come,” wrote Victor Hugo, in History of A Crime – published in 1877. We could not agree more. Buckeye’s President, Robert Alt, has been a longtime leader in defending Americans from becoming …

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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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