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Buckeye Institute

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The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions (BI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, free-market think tank based in Columbus, Ohio. They are nonpartisan and concerned, as they say, with policy, not politics.

The Institute is devoted to individual liberty, economic freedom, personal responsibility and limited government in Ohio.

Core values

The Buckeye Institute is committed to:

  • Policy analysis
  • Solutions
  • Individuals
  • Long-term change
  • Cooperation
  • Empirical research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Freedom


The Buckeye institute is interested in transparency in government and stopping wasteful government spending. They released a podcast with Americans for Prosperity discussing transparency and fiscal restraint.

The Institute launched the Center for Transparent and Accountable Government, headed by former statehouse reporter Mike Maurer. The Institute also provides a sunshine wiki that allows activists to post information online about access issues in Ohio government.[1]

Policy centers

Transparent and accountable government

The Center for Transparent and Accountable Government "is dedicated to the central tenet that all sound policy must be based upon an accurate and honest understanding of the facts."

The Center has added the Ohio State Employee Payroll Database. It provides a searchable database of base pay rates for all state of Ohio employees.

Constitutional law

BI's Center for Constitutional Law "will defend and expand the vision of Ohioans to commit the growth and prosperity of their state to the power of individual liberty, economic freedom and limited government." Clients whose cases the Center takes up are represented for free.

Economic freedom

The Center for Economic Freedom works to increase economic freedom in Ohio, including personal choice, voluntary exchange and free markets. The Center is focused on reduced taxes for all Ohioans, reduced regulations on economic activity, and limiting the size of government.

Liberty in learning

The Center for Liberty in Learning strives to "improve the quality of education in Ohio through increased choice, efficiency, and competition." Objectives include a statewide adoption of a universal K-12 education voucher, taking a child-centered policy for school funding, and educating citizens on teacher unions and collective bargaining.

Independent workforce

The Center for an Independent Workforce was created to protect "the liberties of individual workers and reform the way Ohio government handles labor relations." The Center is working to end compulsory unionization in Ohio and eliminate public employee collective bargaining.


The Buckeye Institute released a report in May 2009 entitled "The Economic Impact of Federal Spending on State Economic Performance: An Ohio Perspective," which was assembled by the econometrics firm Arduin, Laffer, and Moore. In conjunction with the study, the Institute's podcast service interviewed Donna Arduin, one of the econometrics experts who engaged in the report.

Buckeye Institute in the news

Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) cited a BI study referencing opposition to the federal stimulus plan. This study was also cited in The Middletown Journal and by Columbus Business First.

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