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Fiscal Year 2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement

May 21, 2015 - 12:01pm EDT

A year ago, the FY-2015 budget agreement was announced as a total of $7.12 billion in appropriated state spending. The recently announced FY-2016 budget agreement totals more than $7.13 billion. Click here for a PDF of the FY-2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement TIP Sheet. READ MORE

Oklahoma could learn from Minnesota's decentralized, choice-based preschool program

May 18, 2015 - 1:34pm EDT

By Jennifer Doverspike Who should benefit from government-funded preschool? That is the question posed by the American Enterprise Institute in response to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's plan to introduce universal pre-K to the Minnesota public school system. Minnesota is notable beca... READ MORE

The Heart of the Reform Agenda: School Choice

May 12, 2015 - 10:25am EDT

By Jason Reese Not since William F. Buckley assembled the first stable of writers at National Review has the intellectual ferment on the right been so vibrant. Not since Russell Kirk completed his great work, The Conservative Mind, has conservatism been so well restated for the needs and anxiet... READ MORE

Is Government Too Small?

May 5, 2015 - 11:30am EDT

Call it the Tom Delay Disease. Even some strident conservatives, after serving years in office and rising through the ranks into leadership, can lose perspective. In 2005, then-House Majority Leader Delay insisted there was no spending left to cut. He claimed Republicans had “pared [government... READ MORE

5 myths about free enterprise

May 5, 2015 - 11:27am EDT

Does free enterprise hurt the poor? Does it breed envy? In this brief video, Arthur Brooks, author of The Road to Freedom, debunks five common misconceptions about capitalism. READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Demographic Trends Point Up the Need for Education-Delivery Modernization

April 22, 2015 - 9:57am EDT

“How hard should Oklahoma hold on to the K-12 status-quo, and where is it taking the state?” Dr. Matthew Ladner asks in this month’s issue of Perspective. The last 15 years of K-12 outputs amount to “a lost decade plus halfway through a second,” he says, and “thi... READ MORE

Oklahomans want Transparency for Federal Funding

April 21, 2015 - 10:27am EDT

The Oklahoma Senate is considering House Bill 1748, which would require state agencies to disclose information about their relationships with the federal government. The bill is part of a multi-state effort to increase transparency when it comes to “free” federal money. In fact, these fe... READ MORE

Medicaid reform urgently needed

April 14, 2015 - 5:07pm EDT

Given lower revenues available for appropriation by lawmakers, there is no better time than now to implement Medicaid reform in Oklahoma. State government in Oklahoma now spends more on Medicaid than on K-12 education and higher education combined. State government agency directors, including state ... READ MORE

Tulsa mother of hearing-impaired child grateful for scholarship

April 14, 2015 - 11:00am EDT

Life in Tulsa is hectic for single mom Laura Jones and her son, Manuel. Like any six-year-old, Manuel enjoys playing outside and learning to ride the new bike he got for Christmas. In the evening, they read stories and Manuel is starting to pick out words. When Manuel was born early he spent a we... READ MORE

School Choice and Freedom of Conscience

April 10, 2015 - 4:26pm EDT

In today’s Journal Record, OCPA President Michael Carnuccio connects the uproar in Indiana to a court fight here in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering whether to shut down the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program, which provides funds for a few hundred Oklahoma students w... READ MORE