Category Archives: Local Government

It is Still Time for Caution in State Spending

Ohio policymakers need to proceed with caution when it comes to spending, even when it comes to expanding a politically popular program such as the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP).  What looks good today as we climb out of the …

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More Discussion on Budget on State of Ohio

Here is part 2 of our Greg R. Lawson’s discussion of the state budget with Karen Kasler of the Statehouse News Bureau and Jon Honeck of the Center for Community Solutions.  

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Ohio Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, More Reform Needed

The Buckeye Institute has long questioned the value brought to Ohio taxpayers by Ohio’s prevailing wage law.  As far back as 1996, we were making the case that a law that forces a state or local government to pay above-market …

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Buckeye Testifies About the Critical Need for Tax Reform

On Wednesday, Buckeye Institute offered testimony to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on one of the hottest topics in Columbus: municipal income tax reform.  This is a key issue for Ohio’s future economic competitiveness for several reasons. First, Ohio’s tax …

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Motor City Quid Pro Quo Mr. President?

A Detroit City Council member apparently believes that President Obama should help bail out Detroit given its current disastrous economic situation.  Not only that, she actually says he should do it as payback for the support city residents gave to …

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Taxpayers Reject Numerous School Levies

Of 192 total school levies on the ballot Tuesday, 87 were rejected.  While more than half of all levies passed, Damon Asbury of the Ohio School Boards Association indicated only 37 percent of the 122 levies asking for new dollars …

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Toledo debate reveals problem with public sector compensation

Contrary to those who defend the status quo, a more dynamic and flexible public sector compensation and management system is better for both public sector workers and taxpayers

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