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Writing in the Spring 2012 issue of the indispensable public-policy journal The Family in America, Bryce J. Christensen and Robert W. Patterson summarized the findings of a fascinating study by two Oklahoma scholars.According to a study by two Oklahoma sociologists, children living with married parents are significantly more ...
Could the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent opinion in California’s Proposition 8 case possibly have an effect on Oklahoma’s initiative and referendum process? Law professor Andrew Spiropoulos thinks it could. Spiropoulos, who serves as the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at OCPA, believes that “as one of the majority of ...
Today would have been the 101st birthday of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who died in 2006 at the age of 94.Friedman once observed that the explosive growth of homeschooling in this country is “evidence of the failure of our current education system. There is no other complex field in our society in which do-...
Recently, a new acquaintance helpfully offered me a list of “free” events in Oklahoma City and hospitably urged me to unite with her as she attended them.“Join this young adult group,” she urged. “So far, we’ve gone to a free Thunder game and a free happy hour. This week, we’re going to a free Redhawks game.”Later, she texted...
By Brandon Dutcher
A recent federal court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case “advances the cause of religious freedom in our nation,” law professor Andrew Spiropoulos writes in a recent column (“The true meaning of religious liberty”). Spiropoulos, who also serves as the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at OCPA, is hopeful that “this decis...
By Brandon Dutcher
[Click here to enlarge chart]Earlier this month the Associated Press reported (“High school seniors fare no better than in 1970s”) that “students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than students did four decades ago, the government said in a report Thursday that was certain to renew concern...
Has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) colluded with some of the left’s favorite environmental groups in an effort to skirt state policymakers and pass some of the strictest environmental regulations to date? Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and 11 of his colleagues have been asking the EPA that question for mont...
In its long march through the institutions, the left long ago captured the universities and long ago captured the journalism profession. So it pretty much goes without saying the left has captured the journalism schools in the universities. To the surprise of no one, there is a liberal nonprofit journalism organization —...
The consulting firm Leavitt Partners recently released a report which recommended that Oklahoma seek “enhanced federal funding” from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. But as OCPA fiscal policy director Jonathan Small recently reminded the readers of The Oklahoman, the Leavitt report is still Obamacare. ...
The signs are all around us that “the revolution is coming quickly” to higher education. Here are three more:According to a recent USA Today report, 11 colleges and universities in Oklahoma have students who are more likely to default on their loans than they are to graduate. A former United States Secretary of Education...
When the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program was enacted in 2010, state Rep. Kris Steele correctly noted that the program would honor the memory of Lindsey Nicole Henry and “let it be known for generations to come that she, and her parents, are helping to improve the lives of special-needs...
Next week hundreds of Oklahomans will get a chance to hear from two men who understand leadership very well, and you can too. OCPA is giving away two tickets to this year's Four Star Leadership Banquet. To win, simply share with us on either Facebook or Twitter what you think leadership is. To enter, use the hashtag #Leadersh...
From 2004 through 2009, Oklahoma’s personal income tax — the amount the state penalizes citizens and job creators for the right to earn a living — was lowered more than 20 percent. Over this period of time, the top marginal rate dropped, in a series of four reductions, from 7.00 percent to 5.50 percent.With each drop in the r...
"There's a tradition in education," former New York City schools chancellor Frank Macchiarola once observed, "that if you spend a dollar and it doesn't work, you should spend two dollars; and not only that, you should give those two dollars to the same person who couldn't do the job with only one."That tradition is alive and ...
By Brandon Dutcher
In a recent hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman James Lankford (R-Okla.) lauded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, a multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City which posts its prices online, as a place where “competition has driven up quality and driven down price.”The Surgery Center...
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was in the office a couple of weeks ago, and he took a moment to chat with our Jonathan Small about his film 2016: Obama’s America, about the importance of competitive federalism, and more.
Do you remember what you were doing on April 6 of this year? I think many of us would be hard-pressed to remember. It was a Saturday. In fact, Oklahoma City actually set a record high for the day at 74 degrees. Spring was in the air, and whether you knew it or not, it was a great day to breathe a sigh of relief.&nb...
OCPA has repeatedly made the case that Oklahoma should reform Medicaid, not expand it. Our FY-2014 budget recommendation included significant patient-centered Medicaid reforms. Oklahoma lawmakers passed some of those reforms in the House of Representatives, only to be thwarted in the Senate.When it comes to arguing that Medic...
Last week the consulting firm Leavitt Partners recommended that Oklahoma pursue “enhanced federal funding,” including Medicaid expansion dollars. Our fiscal policy director, Jonathan Small, doesn’t think that’s a good idea:
Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, was recently in Oklahoma City to give the keynote address at OCPA’s annual Citizenship Award Dinner. I had an opportunity to speak with him beforehand, and in this four-minute video we discuss how competitive federalism is fueling transformative policy...
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