I'll have to do some digging to find out how the Louisiana program is progressing and if it is stopping brain drain. Regardless, how does Buehrer know how much of the $2 million would go to people who would reside in Ohio without the funding? I'd bet even those Ohio high school graduates who went to college outside of the state and are eligible for the money would demonstrate the same dynamic of self-selection.
Which Ohio-based corporate realtor thought up this scheme? Try some labor market incentives next time.
I wrote the above passage in reference to an article covering the anti-brain drain policy introduced by Ohio state Steve Buehrer, R-Delta. Buehrer's idea is to offer Ohio college graduates a subsidy for the purchase of a first home (in Ohio, of course). My pot shot at the realtor lobby was meant as a joke. But now I'm thinking that there might be more than a kernel of truth to it.
The revelation comes from the comments about my Cleveland foreclosure post. Turns out that National City lobbied the Ohio state government to squash local ordinances designed to regulate predatory lending. The trail of trecherory includes a list of organizational donations to politicians and parties statewide. Ranked #2 is the Ohio Association of Realtors. If I was an Ohio journalist, then I'd be looking into the connections between the realtor lobby and Steve Buehrer. That would at least explain the ridiculous brain drain policy legislation. Not surprisingly, the bill passed the state Senate unamiously. Essentially, the deal is nothing more than a $2 million economic stimulus for Ohio realtors.