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Freedom Flash: November 30

November 30, 2015 - 9:42am CST

The For-Profit Nightmare Before Christmas Oklahoma’s education community continually lobbies for more spending. But as Greg Forster points out in Perspective, a good deal of that spending -- on everything from textbooks to cafeteria food to school buses -- goes to (gasp!) for-profit corpora... READ MORE

9 policy changes we’re thankful for this year

November 24, 2015 - 10:10am CST

In our “2015 Freedom Agenda” and in subsequent publications and public forums, OCPA made the case for several policy changes – changes which were enacted in 2015. Here are the top nine policy changes we are thankful for this year: 1. Paycheck Protection Oklahoma’s state go... READ MORE

Freedom Flash: November 23

November 23, 2015 - 9:42am CST

Tax Cuts Will Help Oklahoma Grow Reviewing an important new book titled The Wealth of States, OCPA president Michael Carnuccio says Oklahoma should embark on a plan to responsibly phase out the income tax over several years and replace it with nothing. Violating the Spirit of the Oklahoma Consti... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Tax cuts will grow economy

November 20, 2015 - 9:10am CST

Once each quarter or so, voices from Washington announce how well the American economy is doing. But in reality there are 50 state economies, and what goes on in those 50 state capitol buildings sometimes has a greater effect on local prosperity (or the lack of it) than doings in Washington. An imp... READ MORE

Top 5: Things you may not know about federal income taxes

November 18, 2015 - 4:12pm CST

The Tax Foundation just released a guide illustrating America’s income and how it’s taxed. From that guide, here are five things you may not know about federal income taxes: READ MORE

Freedom Flash: November 16

November 16, 2015 - 9:42am CST

A Better Path for Teachers Rather than raising the state sales tax – making it harder for cities and towns to support police, fire safety, and other local services – let's fund teacher pay raises by eliminating wasteful government spending in Oklahoma.  How to Help... READ MORE

School ‘accountability’ in the 21st century

November 13, 2015 - 2:12pm CST

She's trapped in the past, 44-year-old Marco Rubio recently said of 68-year-old Hillary Clinton. “And her take on Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, these sorts of things, is a perfect example of someone who’s trapped in the past, and cannot understand how much the world is changing, and how much i... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Better path for teachers

November 13, 2015 - 10:22am CST

University of Oklahoma President David Boren would like to place a penny sales tax increase on the statewide ballot next November. While 1 cent may not sound huge, it translates to a 22-percent increase of the state sales tax rate. Including local and municipal sales taxes, Boren’s increase w... READ MORE

Veterans Deserve Freedom

November 13, 2015 - 9:19am CST

Thank you to all those who have donned the uniform of our nation’s armed forces. Your willingness to take risks and to sacrifice for your fellow Americans is a call louder than words for the rest of us to serve, in what ways we can, our communities, our country, and our highest ideals. It... READ MORE

When dependence on federal funds violates spirit of Oklahoma Constitution

November 12, 2015 - 2:06pm CST

The Oklahoma Constitution, like nearly all state constitutions, requires a balanced budget. In fact, the constitutional history of our state reveals a tightening of this restriction. The original debt clause made allowance for borrowing to satisfy temporary shortfalls, termed “casual deficits.... READ MORE

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