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Economic Freedom
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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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Oklahoma’s Prison Crisis: Working towards a Solution

March 1, 2017 - 10:58am CST

By Jonathan Small and Trent England Last month in these pages, we explored the enormous cost of Oklahoma’s state prison system and the extraordinary growth in new prisoners that will require adding more prisons in the next two years. This month, we look towards a solution. Thirty years of short-si... READ MORE

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Should the Government Tax Soda?

March 1, 2017 - 10:54am CST

By Jayson Lusk Worrisome trends in the prevalence of obesity and type II diabetes have raised questions about the role of the federal and state governments in regulating the healthfulness of consumers’ diets. While fat and sugar taxes were considered fanciful ideas just a couple of decades ago, the... 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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First steps on the road to balancing Oklahoma’s state budget without increasing taxes on working Oklahomans

February 21, 2017 - 8:40am CST

Across Oklahoma, many citizens are undoubtedly grateful that numerous state lawmakers have expressed a desire for state government to become more efficient with the tax dollars already taken from Oklahomans, as opposed to further increasing their constituents’ taxes. In order to help close the budg... READ MORE

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Oklahoma's Budget Process

February 14, 2017 - 1:17pm CST

How the state government spends its money is a concern for most Oklahomans. Where that money goes tells citizens about the priorities of our politicians. Many citizens, however, may not know how the budget is put together or the process it goes through to become law. Oklahoma operates on an annual ... READ MORE

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Never Enough Revenue

February 2, 2017 - 2:38pm CST

Samsung knows how much it cost to produce my phone (I have an older, non-exploding one). I’m sure someone at Toyota could search the archives and tell me how much it cost to make my car. Down at The Oklahoman, they know how much it costs for each step in the process of creating the newspaper and get... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s Prison Crisis: The Enormous Cost of Doing Nothing

February 1, 2017 - 11:04am CST

By Jonathan Small and Trent England Oklahoma’s prisons are in a state of emergency—fiscally and literally. Already dramatically over capacity, Oklahoma’s prison population is projected to grow by 25 percent over the next decade, at a cost of nearly $2 billion to taxpayers. Since it’s unlikely the ... READ MORE

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No, the Sky Is Not Falling in Kansas

February 1, 2017 - 10:24am CST

By Steve Anderson If you’ve read anything lately from liberal think tanks or journalists about tax reform in Kansas, you may think there has been a “failed Kansas experiment.” Many folks are saying that Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 income-tax cuts—which started the state towards a statutory goal of no... READ MORE

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Kansas Tax Reforms Having Positive Economic Impact

February 1, 2017 - 10:19am CST

By William Boyes and Stephen Slivinski The tax reforms enacted in Kansas over the past few years have sparked a national discussion that primarily focused on budget deficits and less on the economic impacts of the reforms. While budget deficits did occur in Kansas following the tax reform, state go... READ MORE

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