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Free Market Friday: Revisionist history

April 28, 2017 - 8:52am CDT

Some folks will say or do just about anything to get their hands on more of your tax dollars. That’s what is happening right now at the State Capitol, where some are pushing a series of proposed new sales taxes on services by claiming former Gov. Frank Keating once did the same. That, to put it cha... READ MORE

By a Margin of 5 to 1, Oklahomans Say Teachers Should Be Allowed to Vote on Unions

April 21, 2017 - 12:30pm CDT

“Getting public policy right in the area of education includes respecting teachers and freeing them from the shackles of old, outmoded systems,” OCPA president Jonathan Small wrote in The Journal Record on March 10. New survey data show that Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly agree. “One old system tha... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Government’s fair share

April 21, 2017 - 8:03am CDT

If you think every institution in Oklahoma is paying its fair share of taxes, think again. Families, businesses, and many nonprofits pay the 4.5-percent state sales tax on just about everything they purchase, plus local sales taxes that can double that amount. But state agencies and big government ... READ MORE

The Day “We the People” Stood Up

April 19, 2017 - 1:46pm CDT

On this day in 1775, a group of ordinary, small-town Americans stood up in defense of their property, their community, and their ideas. First at Lexington and then at Concord, they put their lives in danger. Some lost their lives that day, and many died or were wounded in fighting that lasted for ... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Questionable borrowing

April 14, 2017 - 8:38am CDT

Not only is Oklahoma facing the reality of less state revenue, the governor and her staff have drained the entire balance from the Rainy Day Fund – which appears to be in violation of Oklahoma’s Constitution. To best understand this, it helps to remember a rule from basic civics: The constitution a... READ MORE

OCPA Joins Coalition To Free Farmers And Ranchers From Excessive Federal Government Intervention

April 12, 2017 - 1:39pm CDT

Agricultural policy is an important issue that impacts all Americans. That’s why it’s vital that government does not place excessive or burdensome regulations on America’s farmers and ranchers. The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) joined a coalition of 14 other organizations to free farmer... READ MORE

A teacher-recruitment tool for school administrators

April 12, 2017 - 11:28am CDT

We have all heard the assertion from K-12 public school representatives that there is a teacher shortage and that teachers are leaving for jobs in other states. (It’s worth mentioning, however, that some Oklahoma researchers believe there may be a teacher surplus.) Whatever the case, aside from high... READ MORE

A Look at TSET

April 7, 2017 - 8:57am CDT

In 2000, Oklahoma voters created the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). This new state agency receives the payments owed to the state by the tobacco industry after the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. TSET uses the earnings from its investments to fund grants, programs, research related to ... READ MORE

10 Things You’ll Learn with Our Education Finance Data Tool

April 6, 2017 - 3:51pm CDT

It’s not surprising that the education finance data tool is one of the most popular destinations on the OCPA website. This helpful, easy-to-use tool provides a wealth of data compiled from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System and provided by the State Department of Education. I encourage you to spend... READ MORE

Was It Legal to Drain Oklahoma’s Rainy Day Fund?

April 3, 2017 - 5:11pm CDT

Gov. Mary Fallin’s administration has drained Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund, often called the Rainy Day Fund. Executive branch officials spent all $240 million from the Fund to pay the state’s monthly bills rather than declare a larger or additional revenue shortfall. Whether or not this wa... READ MORE