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“Cost Avoidance” for Special Session

September 22, 2017 - 1:20pm CDT

Oklahoma government spending is on track to be higher than ever this fiscal year. This follows runaway growth under Gov. Brad Henry and continued, if slower, growth under Gov. Mary Fallin. Total spending on basic education and higher education are examples. After the Great Recession, the lacklu... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Focusing the special session

September 22, 2017 - 8:50am CDT

Here we are, preparing for a special legislative session (at $30,000 per day) to maintain total government spending levels while the state is in a recession compared to 2014. Some are focused only on where to reach into your pockets with tax increases. Working Oklahoma families, faced with $13 bill... READ MORE

Oklahoma public school revenues are higher than ever

September 19, 2017 - 11:53am CDT

Total revenues for Oklahoma public schools are at an all-time record high. Since 2006, school revenues have risen by more than $2.5 billion, or 41 percent, and now stand at over $8.8 billion. This amounts to per-pupil revenues of more than $12,700 per student across the state, an increase since... READ MORE

Budget Background for Special Session

September 19, 2017 - 10:02am CDT

Yesterday morning on The Trent England Show, I explained some basic facts important for the upcoming special session. These should help provide context on the discussions of how to fill the gap created by the cigarette fee. State spending is at an all-time high Despite the sky is falling rhet... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Course choice is here

September 15, 2017 - 8:34am CDT

Should every Oklahoma high school student have access to a calculus class, or Mandarin Chinese, or Latin? With the school year underway and the Legislature considering a budget-focused special session, maybe you think this is a bad time to ask schools to do more? Education research shows that the m... READ MORE

Reporting the News Fairly?

September 11, 2017 - 3:35pm CDT

Last year Americans’ trust in the news media “to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly” fell to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. The problem is especially acute among Republicans: Only 14 percent say they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the media. Gallup delivered ... READ MORE

Despite Higher Ed Officials' Claims, Spending Hovers Near All-Time Highs

September 11, 2017 - 3:30pm CDT

Over the past year, Oklahoma’s higher education administrators have been quick to vocalize a doomsday scenario for Oklahoma’s colleges and universities if the state legislature reduced appropriations again. As we now know, the legislature did indeed cut funding for the 2018 fiscal year, and higher e... READ MORE

Despite Fawning Adoration by Liberals and Journalists, SPLC’s Sterling Reputation Is Undeserved

September 11, 2017 - 2:51pm CDT

By J.E. McReynolds Visitors to Apple’s iTunes Store these days will see more than spiels for the latest music and movie releases. Also on offer is an invitation to join Apple in donating money to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). After the chaos and violence in Charlottesville on Aug... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Equivalent evils

September 8, 2017 - 8:54am CDT

In 2009, as the Oklahoma Legislature was considering a resolution commending a local rock band, a member of that band caused a controversy when he appeared in the gallery wearing a shirt bearing the hammer and sickle emblem of the old Soviet Union. One wonders what would have happened had he worn a ... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Dangerous distractions

September 1, 2017 - 10:32am CDT

If we truly care about helping the most vulnerable and empowering Oklahomans, then a focus on what’s productive is crucial. According to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, approximately 25 percent of Oklahoma City Public Schools students are African-American and 54 percent are Hi... READ MORE