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Free Market Friday: Revisionist history

April 28, 2017 - 8:52am CDT

Some folks will say or do just about anything to get their hands on more of your tax dollars. That’s what is happening right now at the State Capitol, where some are pushing a series of proposed new sales taxes on services by claiming former Gov. Frank Keating once did the same. That, to put it cha... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Government’s fair share

April 21, 2017 - 8:03am CDT

If you think every institution in Oklahoma is paying its fair share of taxes, think again. Families, businesses, and many nonprofits pay the 4.5-percent state sales tax on just about everything they purchase, plus local sales taxes that can double that amount. But state agencies and big government ... READ MORE

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Workers' Comp Reform Is Working

April 7, 2017 - 3:48pm CDT

By Mike Brake For decades, advocates of growth and prosperity for Oklahoma argued for three crucial reforms: income tax cuts, right to work, and reform of our costly, unwieldy workers' compensation system. Cuts in the top income tax rates began in the 1990s and have continued sporadically sinc... READ MORE

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Prosperity Districts: Giving Freedom a Chance

April 1, 2017 - 1:16pm CDT

By Nick Dranias Shouldn’t Oklahoma have at least one tool in the public policy toolbox to deliver less government, less regulation, and more constitutional fidelity for a local community that wants it? We certainly have enough tools that do the opposite. There are at least 23 different kinds of m... READ MORE

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Tax Foundation Explains Soda Tax Flaws

March 27, 2017 - 3:42pm CDT

A new article from the Tax Foundation challenges the idea that soda taxes are an effective way to raise revenue and improve public health. Just as many other sin taxes, a soda tax is regressive as low income families spend more of their budget on soda than high income families. This is usually justi... READ MORE

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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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