Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Press Release From the Buckeye Institute

June 22, 2015
Contact: Greg R. Lawson
(614) 224-4422  

Buckeye's Guideposts for the Final Budget
Newest report marks the best path to prosperity for Ohioans

COLUMBUS, OHIO--The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced on June 22 the release of "Keep, Change, Cut: Guideposts for the Budget Conference Committee." Lead author Greg R. Lawson stated, "The budgets all have strengths and weaknesses. This report sets guideposts--especially on Project Labor Agreements, energy costs, tax shifts, and overall spending growth--that will put Ohio on the right path to prosperity."

The report highlights some of the best and worst policies among state budget proposals offered by Governor Kasich, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the Ohio Senate. By June 30th, the conference committee--a group of six legislators tasked with finalizing the budget--will decide which proposals will remain in the final state budget.

In advance of the conference committee, The Buckeye Institute contends that keeping the House's bold Project Labor Agreement reform, blocking proposals that would increase energy costs, rejecting the Governor's shift from income taxes to Commercial Activity, tobacco, and severance taxes, and cutting more government spending to pay for income tax cuts are four "can't-miss" guideposts for economic growth and prosperity. As Lawson noted, "Bacon should be on burgers, not in this budget. The special interest pork should be removed."
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BACKGROUND: The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions was founded in 1989 as an independent research and educational institution--a think tank--to formulate and promote free-market solutions for Ohio's most pressing public policy problems.
The Buckeye Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit, and tax-exempt organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. As such, it relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations who share a commitment to free enterprise, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. The Buckeye Institute does not seek or accept government funding.

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