Budget & Tax

Defined-contribution plans protect taxpayers

Defined-benefit retirement plans have been losing favor in the private sector for decades.

Curtis Shelton
May 4, 2022
Budget & Tax, Education

School spending surge brings complaints, not improvement

Education spending and teacher pay are up dramatically, but so far Oklahomans are simply paying more for less.

Ray Carter
May 4, 2022
Budget & Tax, Family & Community

An evaluation of LOFT’s report on Oklahoma’s state parks

LOFT’s report is a solid piece of work, but some key insights are missed or the report fails to stress them, and some of its recommendations are impractical or lack focus.

Byron Schlomach, Ph.D.
April 22, 2022
Budget & Tax, Law & Principles

Senate analysis refutes House member claims on pension bill

Legislation that would increase the state employer match for government workers’ retirement contributions has won approval in the Senate Appropriations Committee and now awaits a vote from the full Senate.

Ray Carter
April 14, 2022
Budget & Tax

Why defined-contribution retirement plans are preferable to defined-benefit plans

Oklahoma’s DC system creates a more stable system that retirees can rely on while providing financial responsibility for taxpayers who fund the system.

Curtis Shelton
April 14, 2022
Budget & Tax, Law & Principles

Senate rejects House effort to pad lawmakers’ retirement

Members of the Oklahoma Senate have rejected legislation, advanced from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, that would have padded many legislators’ own retirement benefits.

Ray Carter
April 11, 2022
Budget & Tax, Law & Principles

OCPA praises Senators for rejecting retirement scheme

Members of the Senate took a strong stand against legislative self-dealing today by rejecting a House effort to quietly boost retirement benefits for state politicians, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small said today.

Staff
April 11, 2022
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