Budget & Tax

COVID-19 and Oklahoma state pension plans

Increased retirement costs from a COLA increase, coupled with the sharp decline in the stock market, may put Oklahoma state pensions at risk.

Curtis Shelton
April 2, 2020
Law & Principles, Family & Community

Shutdowns: What’s the point?

Stopping the worst ravages of this virus is an important task for all Americans, including our government officials. The importance of the task provides no excuse for turning the process into a bureaucracy where the means become more important than the ends.

Trent England
April 2, 2020
Economy, Family & Community

Businesses ordered to shut down statewide

For the first time, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has ordered the statewide closure of “nonessential” businesses, including in 37 counties that have not yet recorded a case of COVID-19/coronavirus as of the time of his announcement.                                                                                                                                                         

Ray Carter
April 1, 2020
Economy, Family & Community

City of Norman seeks cessation of waste management

Citing efforts to fight COVID-19/coronavirus, the City of Norman has ordered the closure of a waste-disposal company, despite such businesses being declared “essential” by federal authorities.

Ray Carter
April 1, 2020
Health Care, Law & Principles

Noneconomic-damages fix must be constitutional, not statutory

Any serious effort to reform a state’s civil justice system must include, as one of its core components, a solution to the problem of excessive claims for noneconomic damages, commonly understood as damages awarded for the pain and suffering experienced by the injured person seeking compensation.

Andrew C. Spiropoulos
March 31, 2020
Higher Education

‘Social justice’ permeates Oklahoma higher education

Social justice education is taking over America’s colleges and universities.

David Randall, Ph.D.
March 31, 2020
Economy, Family & Community

COVID-19 not the only threat to Oklahomans’ health, lives

In ordering business closures and restricting citizen movement, government officials have primarily focused on the potential loss of life that could be caused by the COVID-19/coronavirus. Yet experts agree those anti-COVID efforts could also contribute to an increased death count in Oklahoma, highlighting the thin line policymakers are treading.

Ray Carter
March 30, 2020
Economy, Family & Community

How far should the government go to enforce an order?

Throwing people out of work, taking away people’s livelihoods, and making people poorer are not the purposes of these orders. And so if an innovative business is able to come up with ways that fully incorporate social distancing into their workplace and customer interactions—why would we shut those businesses down?

Jonathan Small
March 30, 2020
Economy

Some Oklahoma businesses adapt to fight coronavirus, others forced to shut down

Some Oklahoma businesses are innovating to aid with the coronavirus response. But many more are struggling to keep their doors open due to government closure mandates. 

Kaitlyn Finley
March 29, 2020