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Playground Fight Ends at Supreme Court

June 27, 2017 - 12:22pm CDT

Smoke billowed from the doors as the firefighters jogged into the church, then again as they came back out into the snow. “It’s the big table at the front. They had a thing plugged in up there; looks like the cord shorted out.” “Like a bunch of little people?” the Captian asked. “Yeah. And animals... READ MORE

David Boren, Don Betz Should Correct the Record

June 23, 2017 - 3:59pm CDT

It sounds terrible: “Continued cuts in state funding have landed Oklahoma dead last in the nation when it comes to state tax support for higher education, the 2017 Grapevine study shows.” Presidents Don Betz of the University of Central Oklahoma and David Boren of the University of Oklahoma both rep... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: A tale of two sectors

June 23, 2017 - 8:22am CDT

Here’s a tale of two sectors. Sector One is in a slump, due to declining prices. Its income has fallen significantly – by nearly 60 percent – and there’s no sign of dramatic improvement any time soon. Sector One faces cash flow concerns and capital and financing concerns. So, Sector One faces reali... READ MORE

A Public Letter to President Boren and President Betz

June 22, 2017 - 4:38pm CDT

Today, OCPA President Jonathan Small sent the following letter to OU President David Boren and UCO President Don Betz. Dear Sirs: A recent news story claimed Oklahoma is “dead last in the nation when it comes to state tax support for higher education,” and quoted Mr. Betz saying, “We’ve been flirt... READ MORE

How Does Oklahoma Higher Education Funding Really Compare to Other States?

June 22, 2017 - 2:57pm CDT

Those who understand Oklahoma know a dollar here goes a long way compared to most other states. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Oklahoma has the 3rd lowest cost of living among the 50 states. This is an attraction people and companies looking to relocate (for exam... READ MORE

No, Oklahoma is not “dead last” in higher education funding

June 22, 2017 - 11:01am CDT

"Now we're officially dead last (nationally) in what we spend as a state in higher education." – David Boren speaking to the OU Board of Regents on June 19, 2017 This claim, also made by UCO President Don Betz, has been used to support tuition hikes at Oklahoma’s state colleges and universitie... READ MORE

Bartlesville School Board Looks Out for Taxpayers

June 21, 2017 - 1:05pm CDT

The Bartlesville school board this week voted unanimously to outsource the schools’ janitorial services, the Examiner-Enterprise reports. The current janitorial staff were being managed by the principals at each site, which Preston Birk, the district’s chief financial officer, said was ineffective.... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Lessons from Illinois

June 16, 2017 - 8:05am CDT

Oklahoma just completed, with much gnashing of teeth and moaning, a budget year with a shortfall of nearly $1 billion. Imagine, though, facing deficits that total $30 billion or more – and that’s before you even start discussing a $250 billion pension debt. Such is the case with Illinois, where law... READ MORE

State Treasurer’s Office Releases 2017 Legislative Session Report Card

June 12, 2017 - 1:18pm CDT

The State Treasurer’s Office released its annual Legislative Session Report Card today. OCPA, one of several groups asked to assign a letter grade to the 2017 session, gave the Legislature a C+. Given that Oklahoma’s total state government spending is at an all-time high, it’s disappointing that ma... READ MORE