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Free Market Friday: The mission creep

November 17, 2017 - 8:34am CST

“In good times, I do think that it’s true that government is subject to ‘mission creep,’” my old boss Scott Meacham once observed. “When the revenue is flowing maybe there’s a trend to drift into areas that are outside of the core mission or missions of government. What happens when things are going... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: No, it’s not personal

November 10, 2017 - 8:46am CST

A young person goes off to college. His or her parents work hard, save money, cut expenses, do without, and make sacrifices to pay for school so this young person can get an education. Soon after, the parents get a phone call. Our young person has mismanaged the money for tuition, books, and room a... READ MORE

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Did Harvey Weinstein Benefit from Oklahoma’s Hollywood Handout?

November 3, 2017 - 3:12pm CDT

Photo by Georges Biard / CC BY-SA 3.0 Businesses mostly maximize profits. Big businesses often discover one way to do this is to get special tax deals for their particular industry. Hollywood is a big business, and has followed this game plan in state capitols, including in Oklahoma City. Current s... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: The right path

November 3, 2017 - 9:19am CDT

While Americans have different views about what’s to be done with those who have come to our country illegally, most are open to some form of leniency for those brought here as children. Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. James Lankford has offered a sensible proposal to address that issue. Read the rest over on... READ MORE

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The Facts about Revolving Funds

November 1, 2017 - 3:20pm CDT

While recent legislative appropriations have remained relatively stable, total state spending has increased nearly every year. Much of the non-appropriated spending comes from the revolving funds designated for certain state agencies. Revolving funds are not part of annual legislative appropriation... READ MORE

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Profit Warning!

October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm CDT

For many folks in the public school establishment, it seems that “profit” is a scary word. Which is strange, because as Greg Forster once pointed out in Perspective: What does the education establishment always advocate? More spending. Where does that spending go? A good deal of it goes to for-pro... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Just let them learn

October 27, 2017 - 8:45am CDT

As the results of Oklahoma public school student performance on state assessment tests emerge, the news is sobering. After decades of lying about student performance, administrators have finally adapted state tests to line up with national benchmarks. The results expose a decades-old scam: Regardl... READ MORE

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Demystifying ‘Emergency’ Certification

October 26, 2017 - 10:54am CDT

Shawn Sheehan did not grow up planning to teach public school. But just a few years after taking a substitute teaching gig in Norman, Sheehan was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. His story is not unlike that of many other great teachers who never intended to make professional education their... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: The honesty gap

October 20, 2017 - 9:01am CDT

It’s been called the “honesty gap” or the “proficiency gap.” For years, some Oklahoma education leaders have misled parents on student performance by setting a low bar. Thus, state officials have been able to claim “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma”– while the nation’s report card shows Oklahoma is not ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Another Red River rivalry

October 13, 2017 - 8:31am CDT

Each year in October, Oklahoma’s eyes turn south of the Red River to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the annual football rivalry game between OU and Texas. Texas has won 61 of those games, OU has won 45, and five were ties. Unfortunately, thanks to the tax, regulatory, and policy advantages Texas hol... READ MORE