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Educators, Policymakers Decry ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

February 21, 2017 - 1:16pm CST

  By Jay Chilton, CIJ “One of the (Seminole school) board members looked at me and said, ‘Paul, your expectations are too high for these people,’” recalled Paul Campbell, founder and chairman of Advance Rural Education, before the State Board of Education voted unanimously Jan. 26 to approve a cha... READ MORE

ESA Bill Passes Education Committee: Q&A with State Sen. Rob Standridge

February 21, 2017 - 11:12am CST

State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, sat down with CIJ following a meeting of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee on Monday where his Education Savings Account bill, SB 560, passed by a one-vote margin. Standridge talked about the bill, the debate, the vote and what happens next. CIJ: Your bi... READ MORE

First steps on the road to balancing Oklahoma’s state budget without increasing taxes on working Oklahomans

February 21, 2017 - 8:40am CST

Across Oklahoma, many citizens are undoubtedly grateful that numerous state lawmakers have expressed a desire for state government to become more efficient with the tax dollars already taken from Oklahomans, as opposed to further increasing their constituents’ taxes. In order to help close the budg... READ MORE

TSET Billboard Spending Examined

February 20, 2017 - 1:17pm CST

By Jay Chilton CIJ On the north side of Interstate 40 between Meridian Avenue and Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City, the east- and west-facing electronic billboard owned by News 9 Outdoor Advertising features multiple advertisements by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). Man... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Feb. 17

February 17, 2017 - 9:59am CST

On Monday, the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed one of many tax increases proposed by Gov. Fallin in her State of the State Address. HB 1841 passed the committee by a vote of 17-10 and could move on to the House floor. This measure would increase taxes on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack... READ MORE

More options needed for state employees, education employees, other government employees, and taxpayers

February 14, 2017 - 3:58pm CST

State revenues have declined because of Oklahoma’s struggling economy. Lawmakers should look for innovative reforms that allow for government services to be provided at a lower cost. It’s no secret that one of the greatest cost burdens for state employees, education employees, other government emplo... READ MORE

Oklahoma's Budget Process

February 14, 2017 - 1:17pm CST

How the state government spends its money is a concern for most Oklahomans. Where that money goes tells citizens about the priorities of our politicians. Many citizens, however, may not know how the budget is put together or the process it goes through to become law. Oklahoma operates on an annual ... READ MORE

Frank Keating named to OCPA Board

February 3, 2017 - 9:41am CST

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) today announced that Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma, has been elected to serve as an OCPA trustee. “I have admired the commitment and mission of OCPA for many years,” Keating said. “I am honored to join this board as it continues to crea... READ MORE

Never Enough Revenue

February 2, 2017 - 2:38pm CST

Samsung knows how much it cost to produce my phone (I have an older, non-exploding one). I’m sure someone at Toyota could search the archives and tell me how much it cost to make my car. Down at The Oklahoman, they know how much it costs for each step in the process of creating the newspaper and get... READ MORE

Your Story: Georgina Concha

February 2, 2017 - 9:13am CST

“I go to Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College where high school students are able to take college classes and be able to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in both hands. “Our choir is pretty good. We’re kinda getting used to, you know, stage fright mostly because we’... READ MORE