Category Archives: Government

Ending the Mandatory Use of Project Labor Agreements Will Save Taxpayer Dollars

Ohio needs many different labor reforms.  Ending the mandatory use of labor agreements (PLAs) in public projects will save Ohio taxpayers money.  PLAs pick winners and losers. Among those losers are the millions of Ohio taxpayers, businesses, and non-union employees …

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Thumbs down: Read our bad review of Ohio’s plan to give tax breaks to Hollywood movie producers

Have you ever heard of View from the Top? It was a 2003 movie featuring actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, and Rob Lowe. What about Rebound (2005) or Summer Catch (2001)? These films have a few things in …

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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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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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