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Selective outrage over ‘public money to private institutions’

December 23, 2011 - 4:07pm CST

Thanks to Oklahoma’s new Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, “at least $700,000 in state public school funds will be paid this year to send special-education students to private schools in Oklahoma,” Kim Archer reported October 17 in the Tulsa World. This cause... READ MORE

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Agency budget requests are pure insanity

December 20, 2011 - 4:20pm CST

The weeping and gnashing of teeth continues regarding Oklahoma’s failure to spend money at “pre-recession levels.” Both national and state tax-user advocates are ready to gobble up any future growth in revenue. If one includes replacement of one-time revenues, it is estimated that growth revenue in... READ MORE

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‘A solemn duty’ to spend that money carefully

December 19, 2011 - 4:24pm CST

Some Oklahomans are arguing that we can’t phase out the state income tax because it’s imperative that we “maintain core services.” I’ve addressed this topic elsewhere, and in OCPA’s forthcoming budget book my colleague Jonathan Small highlights more than $568 million in annual waste, inefficiency, a... READ MORE

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Leading the nation?

December 12, 2011 - 4:30pm CST

In a talk last week to a group of conservative activists, I remarked on the oft-heard assertion that Oklahoma is a “national leader” in what’s called “early childhood education.” Proponents cite several items in support of this claim, but chief among them is that “since the 2003-2004 program year, ... READ MORE

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Reality is not optional

December 6, 2011 - 4:36pm CST

While our friends on the Left maintain that tax rates are not a significant factor in business location, states like Illinois are showing that, in reality, tax rates indeed are significant. In our recent analysis of phasing out Oklahoma’s personal income tax, the data express the reality that the Le... READ MORE

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Report says income-tax phaseout would spur economic boom

December 5, 2011 - 4:54pm CST

OCPA has teamed up with Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics to produce a new report entitled “Eliminating the State Income Tax in Oklahoma: An Economic Assessment.” We estimate that by phasing out the income tax over a 10-year period—and not raising other taxes—Oklahoma could expect a significant in... READ MORE

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Oklahoma has too many government employees

November 28, 2011 - 4:58pm CST

In an important speech tomorrow at a joint meeting of the Downtown Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions clubs in Oklahoma City, former Reagan economic adviser Art Laffer will discuss a proposal which, if enacted, will help create an economic boom in Oklahoma. Dr. Laffer, the visionary “Father of Supply-Side ... READ MORE

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Why school boards often don’t represent their constituents

November 21, 2011 - 5:10pm CST

In a speech this year at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels explained why Indiana decided to move its local school board elections from the spring to the fall. In the spring, he said, nobody votes. It’s a lot easier to dominate, for a small or for an interest group ... READ MORE

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You reap what you sow

November 15, 2011 - 5:18pm CST

Almost a year ago, lawmakers in Illinois made it easier for states like Oklahoma to recruit businesses from Illinois by significantly increasing both individual and corporate income tax rates. In no doubt a surprise to the left (as they say tax rates do not matter), since the tax hikes took effect t... READ MORE

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Time for policymakers to cut taxes, spending

November 14, 2011 - 5:24pm CST

The future of oil will be shifting to the Americas, says the Institute for Energy Research (IER), as “the shale oil revolution will continue to change the energy landscape.” According to Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma-based founder and CEO of Continental Resources, the 14th-largest oil company in Americ... READ MORE