Criminal Justice

COVID death in Oklahoma County jail highlights need for bail reform

With the Oklahoma County jail already overcrowded, it is irresponsible to detain Oklahomans pretrial unless they pose a specific threat to the public or are a significant flight risk.

Ryan Haynie
August 7, 2020
Budget & Tax

Stitt opposes additional federal bailouts for states

Members of Congress are currently debating whether to provide another round of federal bailout money to state governments in response to the COVID-19 recession.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Family & Community

COVID hospitalizations steadying?

At the start of the pandemic, the average hospitalization for COVID-19 ran from 10 to 12 days. Currently, those stays are typically between five and eight days.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Budget & Tax

McGirt decision could upend regulations, taxes

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reestablished Indian reservations in Oklahoma is creating broad uncertainty and threatens to result in regulatory chaos that will drive businesses away from the state, according to state leaders.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Budget & Tax

Tax collections raise concern about budget gamble

The Republican-controlled Legislature wanted to drain most state government savings and leave little in reserve for next year, while Gov. Kevin Stitt called for reining in spending to preserve greater savings for next year.

Ray Carter
August 5, 2020
Criminal Justice

What about victims?

In 2018, probationers in Texas paid nearly $40 million in restitution to victims of property crimes. Victims and taxpayers benefit more from restitution than from long, expensive prison sentences.

Ryan Haynie
August 5, 2020
Judicial Reform

Judicial nominating process fueling conflicts of interest?

The secretive process used to appoint judges in Oklahoma through the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission has drawn increasing criticism in recent years.

Ray Carter
August 5, 2020
Education

State mandate could have closed COVID-free schools

The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently opted against imposing state mandates that dictate how school districts should handle COVID-19 response, including forced closure of schools, and opted instead to provide guidance.

Ray Carter
August 4, 2020