21 Groups Join Supreme Court Case Against Public-Sector Unions for Free Speech Violations

Twenty-one policy groups filed amicus briefs Wednesday and joined the Buckeye Institute’s Supreme Court Case that could affect every public-sector labor union in the country. Included among the 21 policy groups are some of the most influential think tanks, advocacy organizations, and conservative institutes in the country. 18 of the organizations…

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Ohio Governor Kasich Signs Occupational Licensing Reform Bill, Increasing Market Competition

Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 255 (SB 255) Friday, reforming Ohio’s occupational licensing laws, some of which are considered to be the most economically crippling in the country. The law will require Ohio’s state legislature to examine every occupational licensing board in the state, assess their value and utility, then…

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Ohio Ranks 38th in Economic Freedom, New Report Finds

The Buckeye Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of North America report conducted in partnership with Canada’s Fraser Institute found that Ohio ranks number 38 among the 50 states in economic freedom. The report measured each state’s government spending, taxation, and labor market restrictions as indicators of economic freedom. “The measure of…

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Ohio Organization Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Union Case of Minnesota Professor

An Ohio organization is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that could extend the court’s landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision that ruled against compelled financial support of unions. The Buckeye Institute announced Tuesday that it filed the “first significant labor-law challenge” in the U.S. Supreme Court since…

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Strict Occupational Licensing Requirements Hurt Ohio’s Minority Communities

Multiple bills before the Ohio legislature could cut down on the state’s occupational “over-licensing” problem that some experts argue adversely affects women and minorities. Battleground State News previously reported on Senate Bill 255, which would unshackle workers from the state’s burdensome licensing requirements. A second bill, House Bill 189, focuses…

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Ohio Bill Would ‘Emancipate’ Workers by Ending ‘State’s Occupational Licensing Regime’

Ohio may soon see major reforms to its occupational licensing laws that some believe “make it harder and more expensive to find work” in the state. Senate Bill 255, sponsored by State Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon), cleared the Ohio Senate in July and has now been referred to committee in…

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Ohio Group Adds Legal Firepower to Case Against CFPB Once Headed by Richard Cordray

An Ohio think tank filed an amicus brief Tuesday in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to rein in the power of the consumer watchdog agency once headed by Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray. In the case, plaintiffs argue that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by former President Obama and…

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Days of Forced Unionization of Public Employees May Soon Be Over in Ohio, Minnesota, and Nationwide

Kathy Uradnik is not unlike thousands of other public employees across the United States. She is a longtime professor at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. But over her 20-year career at the university she has been treated, she says, like a redheaded stepchild, a second-class employee. She’s…

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Ohio: The Buckeye Institute Nominated for National Award for Work on Union Worker Voting Rights

Buckeye Institute

Think tank The Buckeye Institute is one of three finalists for a national award in the category of Best Issue Campaign. The Buckeye Institute was nominated for the “Worker Voting Rights” campaign.  The Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement celebrate state think tanks that develop credible research to help states…

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Buckeye Institute Files Its Third Lawsuit Calling for End to Compelled Union Representation for Public Employees

Robert Alt

The Buckeye Institute filed its third lawsuit and corresponding preliminary injunction in Maine calling for an immediate end to laws that force public-sector employees who have refused to join a union to accept forced union representation. The think tank said it had previously filed lawsuits in federal district courts in…

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