Higher Education

Sunlight in Norman: Gallogly touts ‘complete transparency’

Six years ago in this space, I wrote: “It’s been said that higher-education administrators treat regents like mushrooms: keep them in the dark and feed them manure.” It’s not likely that new University of Oklahoma president James Gallogly would ever say anything quite so indelicate as that.

Brandon Dutcher
July 19, 2018
Good Government

Pay up or pack up

In the latest video by PragerU, Akash Chougule with Americans for Prosperity explains the realities (and history) of public-sector labor union politics.

David Autry
July 17, 2018
Agriculture

Taking Oklahoma agriculture and ranching to the next level

One of Susan Bergen’s favorite mantras says that “Life is 360 degrees.” It’s a philosophy you might expect from the OCPA trustee, who’s the daughter of a Sierra Club naturalist mother and a manufacturing entrepreneur father.

Staci Elder Hensley
July 16, 2018
Higher Education

Academic freedom, freedom of speech, and the future of higher education

For higher education to fulfill its mission, we need excellent professors, staff, and facilities. But for all of this to work in the manner to which we have become accustomed, more is needed. What is it? What is the key? What makes the difference? What has made our system of higher education the envy of the world? What distinguishes an institution of higher education from any other means of imparting knowledge? What makes it all cohere?

Andy Lester
July 13, 2018
Good Government

How do we limit cronyism?

Politicians love their power. Why? Because they’re people. That’s why government tends to grow, along with cronyism and dependency. In the end, taxpayers always get the bill.

Jonathan Small
July 13, 2018
Budget & Tax

Where does Oklahoma rank on property taxes?

Oklahoma relies less on property taxes as a share of total state and local tax collections than most other states. With property taxes making up just 18.3% of state and local revenue, this puts Oklahoma fourth in the region, even though property taxes are more reliable and less volatile.

Curtis Shelton
July 11, 2018
Education

Have school boards forgotten parents and taxpayers?

Given the much-publicized scandal at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a recent policy memorandum from the 1889 Institute could not be more timely.

Brandon Dutcher
July 11, 2018
Budget & Tax

June revenue collections set record high

June revenue collections reached record highs at $1.1 billion.

Curtis Shelton
July 10, 2018
Law & Principles

The better way to choose judges

President Trump has announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Trent England
July 10, 2018
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