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November Gross Receipts

December 15, 2017 - 3:31pm CST

Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller has released the gross receipts collection numbers for November. His report is good news for state agencies and reflects a recovering Oklahoma economy. Revenue collections were 12% higher in November 2017 than in the same month last year. This is the eighth month ... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Learning from the Health Department

December 15, 2017 - 8:49am CST

Tens of millions of dollars are missing; criminal investigations are underway. Officials at the State Department of Health, it seems, misspent funds and misled the public about it for at least six years. Some of the money came from the federal government, meaning those involved could face federal ch... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Helping kids, saving money

December 8, 2017 - 8:55am CST

Thanks to actions of the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin, a program is helping the most vulnerable and saving taxpayers money. The Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, enacted in 2011, gives individuals and businesses a tax credit for contributions made to scholarship-granting... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: SQ 640 protects taxpayers

December 1, 2017 - 10:27am CST

If you want to regulate speech, you belittle the First Amendment. If you want to confiscate guns, you vilify the Second Amendment. In Oklahoma, if you want to reach into taxpayers’ wallets for more cash, you denounce the constitutional protections established by State Question 640, which was approv... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s non-teaching staffing surge

November 28, 2017 - 1:28pm CST

Using categories defined by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education, all public school employees can be placed into one of two categories: (1) teachers, and (2) everybody else (hereafter called “non-teachers”).1 If schools receive more money, they are able t... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The mission creep

November 17, 2017 - 8:34am CST

“In good times, I do think that it’s true that government is subject to ‘mission creep,’” my old boss Scott Meacham once observed. “When the revenue is flowing maybe there’s a trend to drift into areas that are outside of the core mission or missions of government. What happens when things are going... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: No, it’s not personal

November 10, 2017 - 8:46am CST

A young person goes off to college. His or her parents work hard, save money, cut expenses, do without, and make sacrifices to pay for school so this young person can get an education. Soon after, the parents get a phone call. Our young person has mismanaged the money for tuition, books, and room a... READ MORE

Did Harvey Weinstein Benefit from Oklahoma’s Hollywood Handout?

November 3, 2017 - 3:12pm CDT

Photo by Georges Biard / CC BY-SA 3.0 Businesses mostly maximize profits. Big businesses often discover one way to do this is to get special tax deals for their particular industry. Hollywood is a big business, and has followed this game plan in state capitols, including in Oklahoma City. Current s... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The right path

November 3, 2017 - 9:19am CDT

While Americans have different views about what’s to be done with those who have come to our country illegally, most are open to some form of leniency for those brought here as children. Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. James Lankford has offered a sensible proposal to address that issue. Read the rest over on... READ MORE

The Facts about Revolving Funds

November 1, 2017 - 3:20pm CDT

While recent legislative appropriations have remained relatively stable, total state spending has increased nearly every year. Much of the non-appropriated spending comes from the revolving funds designated for certain state agencies. Revolving funds are not part of annual legislative appropriation... READ MORE