Category Archives: Local Government

More Must be Done for Real Municipal Income Tax Reform

Forty of the fifty states have NO municipal income tax. Not only is Ohio saddled with a municipal income tax, but ours is among the “most complicated, absurd, and punitive” local tax system in the nation, according to numerous experts. As Ohio’s …

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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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Revenue Sharing Reform: On the Road to Ohio’s Recovery

The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions announces the release of a new report, Revenue Sharing Reform: On the Road to Ohio’s Recovery. The report shows that reductions in state spending on local government revenue sharing plans have not endangered …

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come: ShareOhio

Ohioans owe Auditor of State Dave Yost and his staff a round of applause for a new online innovation.  The Auditor of State (AOS) staff is going to implement an innovative web-based system to facilitate the sharing of equipment, personnel …

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First School Consolidation in Quarter of a Century Moves Forward

After flirting with the idea for decades and having recently arranged to share services, two Ohio school districts—Bettsville and Old Fort—have finally decided to tie the knot and consolidate. Both districts are located in rural Seneca County and educate far …

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Buckeye Institute Talks Current Tax Reforms and Need for More

Our Greg R. Lawson was on the past episode of the State of Ohio with host Karen Kasler and guest Dale Butland from Innovation Ohio discussing recent Ohio tax reforms.   The full video is below.

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Local Governments Recovering Despite Supposedly Brutal Cuts

The cost of local government is a critical issue for Ohio’s future economic growth.  As The Buckeye Institute described in our 2011 Joining Forces report, Ohio has the seventh highest number of municipalities (938) and townships (1,308) in the nation …

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