Budget & Tax, Health Care

Bill would save state money, then give savings to tribal governments

Oklahoma state government could generate millions of dollars in savings by cost-shifting Medicaid costs to the federal government, but half of state government savings would then be given to tribal governments under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Monday.

Ray Carter
February 11, 2020
Law & Principles

Environmental extremism harms the poor, speaker warns

Because his father worked for the U.S. State Department, Calvin Beisner spent part of his childhood in Calcutta, India. Walking down Calcutta streets as a child gave him a close look at true poverty, and the experience continues to shape his view of many environmental debates today.

Ray Carter
February 11, 2020
Law & Principles

OCPA legislative scorecard: watch list update (Feb. 10, 2020)

OCPA is creating a scorecard so that citizens can easily see how state senators and state representatives voted on issues related to the principles of free markets, limited government and individual initiative. This is a watch list of bills that may be included on the scorecard.

Staff
February 10, 2020
Health Care

Funding Medicaid expansion through hospital fees draws opposition

The Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program (SHOPP), a state fee assessed on hospitals’ net patient revenue that operates much like a traditional income tax, has been touted as a way to fund Oklahoma’s state share of Medicaid-expansion costs.

Ray Carter
February 10, 2020
Education

How much money does a government school monopoly need?

In Oklahoma as elsewhere, there is no upper limit to demands for more money from a government school system that has consistently squandered regular spending increases. However much we spend, it’s never enough; however big the spending increase is, it’s still so small that expecting to see any results from it is unreasonable.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
February 10, 2020
Education

Seemingly harmless choice regulations compromise families’ privacy

In another state, the government school monopoly has provided Oklahoma with an object lesson. It handed over private, personal data on families in one of its choice programs to a lobbying group that opposes choice. 

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
February 7, 2020
Law & Principles

Voters may get chance to pass lawsuit reform

To address problems created by an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling issued last year, state voters could be given the opportunity to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to cap noneconomic damages under legislation awaiting a vote this session. 

Ray Carter
February 7, 2020
Good Government

Study bolsters Stitt’s call for workforce reform

In his State of the State speech this week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he wants to gradually make all positions in state government “at will” jobs, much like those at most private-sector companies. A new study from the State Chamber Research Foundation shows the state of Georgia has successfully handled a similar transition.

Ray Carter
February 6, 2020