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It’s Time to Repeal Wind-Energy Tax Incentives

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

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Shift Power from the Elites to the People: Reform the Judicial Nominating Commission

By Trent England No federal judges were on the ballot in 2016. Of course, federal judges are never on the ballot, and yet they are routinely an important subject in campaigns for President and U.S. Senate. On the other hand, Oklahoma Supreme Court justices and other state judges were on the ballot... READ MORE

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Next Steps for Criminal Justice Reform

By Trent England In 2016, Oklahoma legislators and voters supported some key criminal justice reforms. More work remains, however, to break the cycle of criminality and incarceration. The legislature should take action in 2017 to improve opportunities for offenders and their families. At the same t... READ MORE

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How to Increase Labor Force Participation in Oklahoma

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

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RAISE TEACHER PAY WITHOUT RAISING TAXES

By Dave Bond On November 8, more than 59 percent of Oklahoma voters opted not to approve State Question 779, the so-called “penny tax for education.” First proposed more than a year ago by University of Oklahoma President David Boren, SQ 779 would have increased the permanent sales tax burden on w... READ MORE

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ESAs Are a Much-Needed Refinement of the Public Education Model

By Lindsey Burke Should Oklahomans care that proposals designed to create education savings accounts (ESAs) didn’t advance in the Legislature in 2016? Ask Susan Agel. Agel is president of Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only private school for homeless children. Because her school relies on the gen... READ MORE

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Ed Choice Policies Will Help Revitalize Cities

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

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Ed Choice Mythbusting Never Ends

By Greg Forster Keeping up with the myths people throw around in Oklahoma and elsewhere about school choice is a full time job. It can be tedious; sometimes I wish the defenders of the status quo were more creative, just to keep my work interesting. On the bright side, since they can’t use sound fa... READ MORE

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Common-Sense Higher Ed Reforms

By Jonathan Small and Brandon Dutcher “Tuition and fees increases over the past five years at Oklahoma’s public higher education system are among the country’s highest, according to The College Board,” education researcher Vicki Alger wrote in The Oklahoman on August 16, 2016. “The State Regents fo... READ MORE

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Higher Ed Efficiency Questioned

By Brandon Dutcher Is higher education in Oklahoma “underfunded”? You may be surprised to learn that states spend an average of about 1.6 percent of their GSP on higher education, according to economist Byron Schlomach, a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Ok... READ MORE

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Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Is Shattering Projections

By Jonathan Ingram and Nicholas Horton In April 2015, the Foundation for Government Accountability released a study highlighting Obamacare expansion’s enrollment explosion, using data from the first year of expansion. Now, new research finds the situation has only gotten worse. Enrollment in previ... READ MORE