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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...
Oklahoma has taken center stage in the battle against Obamacare, and it’s been a busy week.A week ago yesterday, the state argued in federal court that it has standing to challenge the implementation of Obamacare. OCPA continues to applaud Attorney General Scott Pruitt for his challenge to the Internal Revenue Service as it a...
On Tuesday in the nation’s capital, OCPA research fellow Matt A. Mayer testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. His testimony — titled “Are we Prepared? Measuring the Impact of Preparedness Grants Since 9/11” — was meant to assess the consequences of federal f...
Question for Oklahoma parents: How would you like to have, say, $6,800 per year to spend on your child’s education?My guess is that Oklahomans would favor this idea by a margin of two-to-one, as do our neighbors to the south. Texans were recently asked: An education savings account (ESA) allows parents to withdraw their child...
In a recent video titled "What in the World? An America That Works," CNN’s Fareed Zakaria touted what he sees as the recent rise of Oklahoma (and other states in the heartland) to prominence in the national and global economic picture. As an Okie, I like that he is saying positive things about Oklahoma, but he is missing the ...
This week OCPA is participating with 54 other nonprofit organizations in National Employee Freedom Week, “a national effort to inform union employees about the freedoms they have to opt out of union membership.” According to the National Employee Freedom Week website,Because Oklahoma is a Right-to-Work state, you do not have ...
If you haven’t heard of Remington Reimer, you should. Remington recently graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in Joshua, Texas. He’s been accepted at the U. S. Naval Academy. By most people’s standards, that would be something to celebrate. But, when Remington prepared to make his valedictory speech at graduati...
By Brandon Dutcher
In a recent hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (go to the 16:37 mark here), Congressman James Lankford (R-Okla.) lauded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma as a facility where “competition has driven up quality and driven down price.” He’s right. Just ask Jerome Longacre, a fitness traine...
Oklahomans focused on the final days of our legislative session may have missed the news from south of the Red River. Texas legislators were also winding up their legislative session (they only meet every other year), and the last bills they sent to Gov. Rick Perry included a $1 billion tax cut for business. The Texas state b...
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is “not a court at all,” Oklahoma City University law professor Andrew Spiropoulos writes today in the Journal Record, but rather “an unaccountable political body that, without sufficient legal justification, routinely imposes its political will on the elected branches of government and the people.”...
When he discovered that “being divorced and a nonsmoker is [only] slightly less dangerous than smoking a pack or more a day and staying married,” Yale biophysicist Harold Morowitz quipped: “If a man’s marriage is driving him to heavy smoking, he has a delicate statistical decision to make.”Given the wealth of scientific data ...
By Brandon Dutcher
In a new report released last week (‘Saving Workers’ Retirement: First Steps Toward Public Pension Reform in Oklahoma’), OCPA unveiled a plan which ensures that current state employees and retirees get the retirement they were promised, sets in motion a plan to pay down unfunded liabilities, and brings the government’s pensio...
Late last month, on May 23, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., asked a federal appeals court for a religious exemption from the so-called “contraception mandate” — the Department of Health and Human Services ruling that requires employers to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives and abortifacients.To...
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