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Bill Would Limit Code Enforcement Abuse

March 15, 2017 - 8:48am CDT

If we have neighbors, we generally want their property to look … the way we want it to look. Before the age of bureaucratic government, if a property owner was a real nuisance, a neighbor could bring a private action in a court of law. In recent years, however, cities have woven dense webs of codes.... READ MORE

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Many misconceptions about benefits of wind industry in Oklahoma

March 13, 2017 - 2:25pm CDT

In "Wind power key to state's rural economy" (Point of View, March 4), Beaver County Commissioner Brad Raven outlined reasons he believed industrial wind was good for rural Oklahoma. I'd like to clear up a few misconceptions. While the industry continues to claim that wind power is “cheap, ... READ MORE

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HB 1913: A Private-Sector Solution, Not Government Dependence

March 13, 2017 - 10:03am CDT

State Rep. Chris Kannady (R-Oklahoma City) has authored House Bill 1913, which will help provide a solution for Oklahomans in need of alternative or small financing options—instead of forcing them to get entangled in government programs or to have no options at all. The Consumer Financial Prote... READ MORE

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State Revenue Makeup

March 7, 2017 - 1:47pm CST

It is no secret Oklahoma has seen tough times the last few years because of the decline of oil prices. The state’s revenue has declined each of the last two years from $18.2 billion in FY2014 to $17.1 billion in FY2016. It may be obvious that Oklahoma’s tax revenue will decline with a significant dr... READ MORE

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This Is Real Public Education

March 7, 2017 - 12:56pm CST

Two Oklahoma students have won the right to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winners from the state’s regional spelling bees would seem to represent some of the very best of education in Oklahoma. If we want an educated public in the future, these are two success... READ MORE

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OKC Charter School Earns Character Award

March 3, 2017 - 2:23pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY — The Dove Science Academy Charter School, near the corner of NW 23rd Street and Western Avenue in OKC, was recognized as one of six schools to be named Oklahoma Schools of Character by OKcharacter.org, Character.org, and the state Department of Education. On Fr... READ MORE

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A Look at the State Budget

February 27, 2017 - 11:47am CST

With the legislative session underway, the debate over the State budget begins heating up. In order to get some perspective, we look back at recent State spending. Since 2007 Oklahoma has increased state spending by 9.75%. Government spent $410,000,000 more in 2016 than 2013 even amid a sharp declin... READ MORE

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Leaders React to Oklahoma Senator’s ‘Truly Shocking’ Mengele Comparison

February 24, 2017 - 4:20pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY — In a Feb. 20 meeting of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee, state Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, invoked Nazi officer Josef Mengele when criticizing school choice legislation being considered by the committee. “I have told other senators I call this bill the ... READ MORE