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 create free-market solutions with national impact.
The Bob Williams Awards are hosted by the State Policy Network. The national nonprofit promotes “a vision of an America where personal freedom, innovation, opportunity, and a more peaceful society help all Americans flourish.”
The organization supports the growth of a collaborative network of 64 state think tanks and 90 affiliate partners. These partners strengthen working families and defend rights. They do this by promoting policies to create a level playing field and promote freedom, economic liberty, rule of law, property rights and limited government.
SPN works with these think tanks “to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored with high performing independent think tanks so that every American has a voice.”
SPN was founded in 1992 by South Carolina entrepreneur Thomas Roe at the urging of former President Ronald Reagan.
The Buckeye Institute’s campaign was created to advance labor freedom in Ohio.
“The campaign included a gamut of well-executed strategies including research and sample legislation as well as outdoor advertising to targeted advertising,” SPN said. “The Institute had numerous meetings with the Speaker of the Ohio House, his staff and members of the Ohio legislature to discuss the issue. Targeted ads to help build awareness of the issue were well received and outperformed industry averages.”
According to the campaign, “Unions have played a significant role in America’s workforce for well over a century. But the heritage, legacy, and interests of the unions themselves should never trump the interests of the hardworking men and women these unions represent. Our civil servants and public-sector employees deserve to have their voices heard and their choices matter—they deserve Worker Voting Rights.”
The other finalists in the award category are the Beacon Center of Tennessee for “Rigged: The Injustice of Corporate Welfare” and Foundation for Government Accountability for “Farm Bill 2018: The Power of Work.”
Other award categories are Most Influential Research and Biggest Win. The winners will be announced at SPN’s 26th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City on October 9-12.