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Oklahoma’s Private-Sector Rebound?

December 22, 2015 - 4:32pm CST

The following excerpt is from an article published in the December issue of Perspective titled Oklahoma's Shrinking Private Sector. – Editor  Chart 5 shows that, nationally, private-sector income has shrunk to its lowest levels ever. In fact, during the “Great Recession,” private-sector income ... READ MORE

State's largest newspaper cites OCPA recommendations

December 22, 2015 - 11:37am CST

The Oklahoman cited OCPA research and ideas in an editorial about how Oklahoma government can learn a thing or two from what our state's businesses and citizens already must do every day: rethink strategies and prioritize spending.  The free-market Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs has previou... READ MORE

Freedom Flash: December 21

December 21, 2015 - 9:42am CST

Budget Crunch Provides Opportunity OCPA’s Jonathan Small tells the Tulsa World that the state’s budget crunch will require policymakers “to be innovative, prioritize government spending, and focus on transformational reforms, such as corrections reform.” Let’s Be Smart on Crime Since policymake... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Safety through empowerment

December 18, 2015 - 9:41am CST

News has come that lawmakers will have $900 million less than they’d like to spend next year. Knee-jerk reactions will be to focus on the revenue side of the equation. However, the responsible approach is to focus on expenditures – including the implementation of transformational reforms. All too of... READ MORE

Scholar says school choice ‘is now mainstream,’ but fears regulatory overreach

December 18, 2015 - 9:19am CST

Scholar Jay P. Greene has raised a red flag in a red state, telling Oklahoma policymakers to tread cautiously when considering tougher “accountability” measures in exchange for more school choice. In a recent interview concerning the national “state of play” for school choice, Greene, distinguished... READ MORE

Teacher’s stand against union reaches high court

December 17, 2015 - 2:49pm CST

Can you be forced to fund a private, political organization as a condition for working for the government? Nearly 40 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States reluctantly answered “yes” in a case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. While Oklahoma protects workers from being fired for... READ MORE

The private-sector battle: Oklahoma vs. Texas

December 16, 2015 - 4:27pm CST

The following excerpt is from an article published in the December issue of Perspective titled Oklahoma's Shrinking Private Sector. – Editor  In terms of sheer economic size, there is no more important neighbor to Oklahoma than Texas. So it is a very useful exercise to compare and contrast the... READ MORE

This Education Policy Can Provide Positive Tomorrows

December 14, 2015 - 1:38pm CST

You’ve probably seen the stories about Kevin Durant’s $35,000 gift to a private school serving Oklahoman children experiencing homelessness. The school, Positive Tomorrows, is the only elementary school in the state designed to meet the unique needs of children living in poverty. In 2014, Positive ... READ MORE

Freedom Flash: December 14

December 14, 2015 - 9:42am CST

Penny Sales Tax for Education? Lessons from Hillary Clinton When she was Arkansas’s First Lady, Hillary Clinton helped push through a one-percentage-point increase in the state sales tax in an effort to improve education. At a January 7 presentation at OCPA, Greg Kaza, executive director of the A... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Tax hike unwise

December 12, 2015 - 3:22pm CST

The proposal by University of Oklahoma President David Boren to boost the state sales tax to increase government spending on common education, higher education, CareerTech and preschool has drawn considerable discussion. What might happen if the sales tax increase is approved? Well, for starters, m... READ MORE