Education

From suffering to success: School choice provides autistic student a pathway to healing

After enduring years of bullying in his local public school, Seth Sutherlin found relief via two of Oklahoma’s school-choice options.

Staci Elder Hensley
October 19, 2018
Budget & Tax, Good Government

Paying career politicians

Democracy doesn’t work when we let politicians spend future generations’ money. It’s taxation without representation. It’s also something we do every day in the United States and in Oklahoma.

Jonathan Small
October 19, 2018

Cheers to 25 years!

What began as a glimmer of an idea in 1993 has now grown to become one of the most effective and influential state-level public policy think tanks in America.

Staff
October 18, 2018
Good Government

Oklahoma’s 2018 ballot measures explained

Want a simple description of Oklahoma’s ballot measures? OCPA doesn’t support or oppose ballot measures, but we do provide simple descriptions of what each one would do. Linked to each description is the full text of the measure and details on who is behind them.

Staff
October 18, 2018
Health Care

Charting Oklahoma Medicaid growth over the past 20 years

In 2017, more than 1 million Oklahomans were on SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. Over the last 20 years, the state’s annual cost of the medical welfare program has increased from $338 million to more than $2.2 billion.

Kaitlyn Finley
October 18, 2018
Budget & Tax

September 2018 sets record revenue collections

Total Gross Receipts collected in September 2018 set a record high of $1.15 billion—an increase of 14.1%, or $141.4 million, from the same month in the prior year. Record highs have now been set during the first three months of this fiscal year.

Curtis Shelton
October 17, 2018
Health Care

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is an entitlement program created by the federal government and administered by the states that pays certain health care services for low-income individuals. Currently, Medicaid covers 71 million Americans and costs taxpayers more than half a trillion dollars annually.

Kaitlyn Finley
October 16, 2018
Education

Oklahoma schools find creative ways to expand learning

Officials from a range of traditional public schools, public charter schools, and private schools briefed state lawmakers on some of their innovative educational approaches during an interim study on Sept. 11 in the Senate Education Committee.

Staci Elder Hensley
October 15, 2018
Budget & Tax, Economy

Oklahoma falls in national tax climate report

The Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index ranks Oklahoma 26 overall. This is Oklahoma’s worst ranking in the last four years and five spots lower than last year.

Curtis Shelton
October 8, 2018
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