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Free Market Friday: The honesty gap

October 20, 2017 - 9:01am CDT

It’s been called the “honesty gap” or the “proficiency gap.” For years, some Oklahoma education leaders have misled parents on student performance by setting a low bar. Thus, state officials have been able to claim “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma”– while the nation’s report card shows Oklahoma is not ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Another Red River rivalry

October 13, 2017 - 8:31am CDT

Each year in October, Oklahoma’s eyes turn south of the Red River to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the annual football rivalry game between OU and Texas. Texas has won 61 of those games, OU has won 45, and five were ties. Unfortunately, thanks to the tax, regulatory, and policy advantages Texas hol... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Defined by our response

October 6, 2017 - 8:38am CDT

It’s said that what defines a person or organization is not the challenges they face, but how they respond. Many remember having our July 4, 2016, ruined by the news that a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder – a part that we thought understood resolve despite obstacles – in a well-documented and muc... READ MORE

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Cost Avoidance #11: Time to reform TSET

October 5, 2017 - 2:39pm CDT

#11) Time to reform TSET: Stop Spending on Night Clubs, Billboards, and Overpaid Executives The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust was set up to help Oklahomans stop smoking and to pay for smoking-related healthcare, but it has lost its way. Today, TSET pays for billboard campaigns about drink... READ MORE

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Cost Avoidance #10: Legally Access the Rainy Day Fund

October 4, 2017 - 4:09pm CDT

#10) Legally Access the Rainy Day Fund Oklahoma has a Constitutional Reserve Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund, for such a time as this. It’s worth remembering that foreign nations intentionally drove down the price of oil in hopes of harming Oklahoman and other American busines... READ MORE

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How Does Oklahoma State Spending Compare?

October 4, 2017 - 9:09am CDT

With special session underway, it is important not to miss the forest for the trees. What is the truth about state government spending? I noted recently that Oklahoma government spending has reached an all-time high. No matter how much talk there is about funds being slashed or depleted, total spen... READ MORE

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Cost Avoidance #7,9: Use Cash On Hand

October 3, 2017 - 1:48pm CDT

#7, 9) Use Cash On Hand: Spend unbudgeted revenues and excess funds in the CIRB account before considering tax hikes Some politicians tell us they want higher taxes on cigarettes so that fewer people smoke, and higher taxes on businesses and earnings because tax rates don’t matter. Of course, when... READ MORE

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Conservative Leaders' Open Letter to Policymakers

October 3, 2017 - 9:35am CDT

Dear Oklahoma Policymakers, Ronald Reagan once wisely warned: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” About taxes and spending, he said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”... READ MORE

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Cost Avoidance #8: Make Low-Priority Agencies Non-Appropriated

October 2, 2017 - 3:22pm CDT

#8) Make Low-Priority Agencies Non-Appropriated: TV shows, space travel, and old guns are not core services If hopes, dreams, and good intentions are the only limits we place on government, then there will never be enough money and politicians will never have enough power. The American way of... READ MORE

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Cost Avoidance #5: End Subsidies for Hollywood

September 29, 2017 - 11:09am CDT

#5) End Subsidies for Hollywood: All Oklahomans deserve tax relief, not just those working for movie studios Are people who make movies better people? And what about companies that film television shows, are they morally superior to your local barber shop, pet store, or family farm? Sure, economic... READ MORE