The Buckeye Institute
|Motto||"Improving the lives of all Ohioans by promoting free market ideas and limited government."|
|Type||Nonprofit public policy think tank|
President & CEO
(FYE December 2013)
The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) conservative, nonpartisan public policy think tank. 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."
History and leadership
In 1989, economist Sam Staley founded the Urban Policy Research Institute (UPRI) in Dayton, Ohio. 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.
Former Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka chairs the organization's board of directors. He joined Buckeye's board in December 2009. Matt Mayer, who went on to found Opportunity Ohio, led the organization from 2009 through 2011. Robert Alt, the Buckeye Institute's current president, assumed that role in October 2012.
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.
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.
The Buckeye Institute has supported a reduction in the Ohio state income tax. The Buckeye Institute has twice published "The Piglet Book", an account of government spending that it deems wasteful. 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.
The institute's Center for Education Excellence produces reports and research that promote a market-based approach to education, including vouchers and charter schools. In 2008, the Buckeye Institute launched a database which includes publicly available information about the salaries of Ohio public school teachers.
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