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Lunchtime Links | April 19

April 19, 2018 - 12:20pm CDT

Here's what our policy experts are reading today (Links do not constitute endorsements). KFOR: #WeRemember the 168 lives lost 23 years ago in the Oklahoma City bombing OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday morning, people across the state and country will take time to remember the 168 lives that were lost ... READ MORE

The Government Union Racket | The Trent England Show Ep. 56

April 19, 2018 - 11:44am CDT

Jami Lund with the Freedom Foundation joins Trent to talk about the government union racket. READ MORE

Oklahoma State Department of Health Needs a (Financial) Check-up

April 18, 2018 - 3:10pm CDT

Many schools and colleges require a short finance class for students to help them understand basic fiscal principles and how to live within their means. It’s high time to give state bureaucracy a refresher course. Since the first public revelations last fall that the Oklahoma State Department of He... READ MORE

Education Data Trickery | The Trent England Show Ep. 55

April 18, 2018 - 2:05pm CDT

Trent exposes the latest OEA propaganda, showing us how to be careful of tricky charts and graphs. Plus, Bernie Sanders rolls out the guillotines—find out who’s on the chopping block! READ MORE

Is Education A Public Good? | The Trent England Show Ep. 54

April 17, 2018 - 12:09pm CDT

Let’s go back and question the premise, shall we? Trent takes on the assumption that what we call “education” is actually a public good. Plus some good bills, here and elsewhere, and a warning about political scammers.   READ MORE

Lunchtime Links | April 17

April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm CDT

Here's what our policy experts are reading today (Links do not constitute endorsements). The Oklahoman Editorial Board: Reform bills get usual resistance from OEA In ending a two-week strike by teachers, the president of the Oklahoma Education Association noted that common education had secure... READ MORE

Test scores don’t align with life outcomes

April 17, 2018 - 9:17am CDT

A growing body of research has been finding that rising test scores in school don’t correspond with improved long-term life outcomes. The latest news is a major meta-analysis combining data from 39 prior analyses to find that increases in reading and math scores have no important impact on high scho... READ MORE

Learning Much? | The Trent England Show Ep. 53

April 16, 2018 - 1:52pm CDT

What does the fake strike teach us? And will the State Superintendent of Public Instruction get away with blaming bad test scores on teacher pay? Plus, Trent reminds us that things could be much, much worse. READ MORE

Tax Cut Effects on Sales Tax Revenue

April 16, 2018 - 12:03pm CDT

In a recent article, I showed that income tax cuts cannot explain Oklahoma’s recent budget challenges. And it was not only income tax revenue that increased after income tax cuts. Since 1991, income tax revenue has grown by $2.39 billion as the tax rate fell from 7% to 5%. Data from the Oklahoma Tax... READ MORE

Capital Gains Volatility

April 13, 2018 - 3:19pm CDT

The drop in oil prices that began at the end of 2014 challenged Oklahoma’s economy and, in turn, the state’s budget. A phrase often heard when discussing this is that Oklahoma needs more stable revenues. This could be done by relying on less volatile sources of revenue, or it could happen as a resul... READ MORE