Education, Family & Community

Great-grandmother seeks educational opportunity for at-risk children

Born in 1952, Linda Lewis did not envision being a caretaker for two young children during her golden years. But when her grandson was incarcerated and the mother of her great-grandchildren ran afoul of the Department of Human Services, she became the legal guardian for two of her great-grandchildren.

Ray Carter
February 24, 2020
Law & Principles

State workforce reform advances

Members of a Senate committee have advanced legislation related to overhaul of state government workforce regulations, a goal endorsed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Law & Principles

‘Universal’ licensing effort advances

Two measures that would reduce occupational red tape in Oklahoma have cleared a Senate committee, including a measure to make Oklahoma the second state in the nation to offer “universal” recognition of other states’ licenses.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Higher Education

OU hosts former Communist Party candidate and accused terrorist

The University of Oklahoma Black Student Association is hosting one of America’s most notorious left-wing activists today.

Mike Brake
February 21, 2020
Health Care

Mental health spending could face scrutiny

While Oklahoma state government has increasingly spent more money on mental health treatment, it appears lawmakers have struggled to keep track of that spending and if it has generated positive results, based on legislation that has advanced through a Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Budget & Tax

State savings could increase

Less than two years removed from a series of major state shortfalls, members of a Senate committee have voted to raise the cap on a state government savings fund, advancing a key priority of Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Education

In most states, governor appoints top school official

When Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed a vote of the people to make the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointive rather than elective, he was suggesting that Oklahoma join a growing consensus among states that appoint their chief state school official.

Mike Brake
February 20, 2020
Health Care

Price transparency—not welfare expansion—the key to health care reform

Oklahoma’s political leaders must not further disincentivize work and create a new dependency class by expanding medical-welfare entitlements. Only greater price transparency and competition in health care will reduce health care prices.

Kaitlyn Finley
February 20, 2020
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