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A Look Back: 25 Years of State Spending

December 22, 2017 - 10:06am CST

The data analyzed in these charts come from Oklahoma’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) created by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Because of the long time period (25 years), the numbers are adjusted for inflation. Whether considering the spending totals or spending per... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: What makes Christmas special?

December 22, 2017 - 8:41am CST

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving gifts in honor of the greatest gift of all. Those who celebrate remember that the God who created us also loves us. From its origins to our celebrations, Christmas is about relationships and communities. In the United States today, and here in Oklahoma, w... READ MORE

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How Does Oklahoma Rank in Tax Climate Study?

December 22, 2017 - 8:36am CST

By Curtis Shelton The Tax Foundation recently released its 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report gauges how each state’s tax system compares to the others and ranks each one. In this year’s edition, Oklahoma is ranked 32nd. The index measures five components of a state’s tax system: in... READ MORE

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Off The Charts

December 20, 2017 - 9:45am CST

Gov. Mary Fallin, during the regular and first special legislative sessions, repeatedly used a chart showing cuts to state agencies since 2009. This chart is supposed to make the case for increasing taxes to boost state government spending. The Governor's numbers, however, only include appropria... READ MORE

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November Gross Receipts

December 15, 2017 - 3:31pm CST

Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller has released the gross receipts collection numbers for November. His report is good news for state agencies and reflects a recovering Oklahoma economy. Revenue collections were 12% higher in November 2017 than in the same month last year. This is the eighth month ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Learning from the Health Department

December 15, 2017 - 8:49am CST

Tens of millions of dollars are missing; criminal investigations are underway. Officials at the State Department of Health, it seems, misspent funds and misled the public about it for at least six years. Some of the money came from the federal government, meaning those involved could face federal ch... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Helping kids, saving money

December 8, 2017 - 8:55am CST

Thanks to actions of the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin, a program is helping the most vulnerable and saving taxpayers money. The Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, enacted in 2011, gives individuals and businesses a tax credit for contributions made to scholarship-granting... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: SQ 640 protects taxpayers

December 1, 2017 - 10:27am CST

If you want to regulate speech, you belittle the First Amendment. If you want to confiscate guns, you vilify the Second Amendment. In Oklahoma, if you want to reach into taxpayers’ wallets for more cash, you denounce the constitutional protections established by State Question 640, which was approv... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s non-teaching staffing surge

November 28, 2017 - 1:28pm CST

Using categories defined by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education, all public school employees can be placed into one of two categories: (1) teachers, and (2) everybody else (hereafter called “non-teachers”).1 If schools receive more money, they are able t... READ MORE

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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