Category Archives: Government

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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Shale Boom Provides Great Opportunity for Ohio Families — If Taxes Kept Low

“I can honestly say that if it weren’t for the oil and natural gas industry, I wouldn’t be here…My concern is…How many families would miss out on these opportunities if people opposed to fracking are able to stifle an industry …

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Ohio Takes the Right Stance On Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration is offering states a bait-and-switch with its “Clean Power Plan” for power plant carbon dioxide emissions. Fortunately, the Kasich administration appears to be refusing the bait and fighting back against this federal power grab. The Buckeye Institute …

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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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