The Buckeye Institute

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The Buckeye Institute
Motto "Improving the lives of all Ohioans by promoting free market ideas and limited government."
Formation 1994[1]
Founder Sam Staley[2]
Type Nonprofit public policy think tank
President & CEO
Robert Alt
Revenue: $689,067
Expenses: $570,609
(FYE December 2013)[3]

The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) conservative, nonpartisan public policy think tank.[4][2] The organization, based in Columbus, Ohio, describes its mission as "to research and promote market-oriented solutions to build a more prosperous and free Ohio."[5]

History and leadership[edit]

In 1989, economist Sam Staley founded the Urban Policy Research Institute (UPRI) in Dayton, Ohio.[2] In 1994, UPRI was reorganized into the Buckeye Institute. The organization's original researchers were centered at Wright State University. In 1999, the Buckeye Institute moved from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio.[1]

Former Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka chairs the organization's board of directors. He joined Buckeye's board in December 2009.[6] Matt Mayer, who went on to found Opportunity Ohio, led the organization from 2009 through 2011.[7] Robert Alt, the Buckeye Institute's current president, assumed that role in October 2012.[8]

Organizational structure[edit]

The Buckeye Institute has several research fellows and scholars responsible for conducting the group's research into various public policy debates, including health care, education, and economic development. The Buckeye Institute started a legal advocacy group, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which was eventually spun off on its own.[9]

Policy issues[edit]

The bulk of the Buckeye Institute's research focuses on taxes and education, with additional studies addressing health care, technology and economic development. The institute's approaches to these topics feature a unifying theme that promotes market-based approaches, lower taxes and reduced government involvement.[10]

Economic policy[edit]

The Buckeye Institute has supported a reduction in the Ohio state income tax.[11] The Buckeye Institute has twice published "The Piglet Book", an account of government spending that it deems wasteful.[12] In 2006, the organization supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would have placed annual limits on the growth of tax revenue and government spending, similar to other states' Taxpayer Bills of Rights.[13]

Education policy[edit]

The institute's Center for Education Excellence produces reports and research that promote a market-based approach to education, including vouchers and charter schools.[14] In 2008, the Buckeye Institute launched a database which includes publicly available information about the salaries of Ohio public school teachers.[15]


  1. ^ a b Crawford, Dan (August 9, 1999). "Central location prompts Buckeye Institute to move". Columbus Business First. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Buckeye Institute taps Staley". Dayton Business Journal. June 7, 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar.  See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  4. ^ Weiser, Carl (February 6, 2012). "Former Portman aide selected to lead Buckeye Institute". Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Buckeye Institute. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lashutka lands on Buckeye Institute board". Columbus Business First. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Rouan, Rick (November 7, 2011). "Buckeye Institute chief stepping down". Columbus Business First. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Buckeye Institute names new president from Heritage Foundation". Columbus Business First. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  9. ^ Provance, Jim (January 2, 2012). "Lucas Co. native leads new breed of law writer". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ O'Donnell, Patrick (2008-12-18). "Manna Storehouse asks court to rule sheriff's search illegal". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  11. ^ Miller, Jay (March 16, 2014). "Kasich's plan is taxing nerves of some business and conservative leaders". Crain's Cleveland Business. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Horne, Bill (2006-06-05). "Put our interests before special interests". The Times-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  13. ^ "Blackwell joins think tank as public-policy scholar". The Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio). 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  14. ^ Hawthorne, Michael (1998-04-30). "Issue 2 vote won't settle education debate". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  15. ^ McRae, Sarena (2008-12-11). "Ohio teacher salaries available through Buckeye Institute database". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 

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