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Economic Freedom
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

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

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

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

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

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

Ed Choice Policies Will Help Revitalize Cities

January 1, 2017 - 3:32pm CST

By Bartley R. Danielsen and Kirk Humphreys A lot of children seem to be missing in Oklahoma City. Given the number of zero-to-four year olds, the most recent census suggests that there are 3,700 fewer five-to-nine year olds than we should expect in the area served by the Oklahoma City Public School... READ MORE

How to Increase Labor Force Participation in Oklahoma

January 1, 2017 - 3:15pm CST

By William Freeland Oklahoma’s labor force participation rate sits at 60.5 percent as of August 2016. By way of comparison, the overall U.S. labor force participation rate is 62.9 percent, while the median labor force participation rate among states is 63.5 percent. Both in Oklahoma and nationally... READ MORE

It’s Time to Repeal Wind-Energy Tax Incentives

January 1, 2017 - 3:00pm CST

By Byron Schlomach Due to the issue of global warming, or climate change, or catastrophic weather—that is, the claim this real-or-not phenomenon has resulted from mankind’s production of carbon dioxide and the resultant increase in that trace gas’s concentration in the atmosphere—the federal govern... READ MORE

Increasing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Is Bad for Business

October 1, 2016 - 4:16pm CDT

Increasing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Is Bad for Business By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik The sales tax is perceived as a “good tax” because it taxes consumption and therefore minimizes tax-induced distortions in the rest of the economy. For example, a do-it-yourself homeowner who goes to Home... READ MORE

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