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Economic Freedom
“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

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

Kansas Tax Cuts Were Successful

September 14, 2017 - 2:39pm CDT

The liberal media ignore the many successes of the Kansas income-tax cuts. By Dave Bond On June 6, the Kansas Legislature voted to roll back hundreds of millions of dollars of income tax relief enacted during the preceding five years. Beginning in 2012, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a... READ MORE

Oklahoma State Government Spending Is Higher than Ever

September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm CDT

By Curtis Shelton and Dave Bond In discussions about taxes and state government spending in Oklahoma, some advocates insist that available funding has been slashed to the bone for important public services. The claim is simply not true. While state appropriations in Oklahoma have fallen below prev... READ MORE

“Messaging” Matters, So Do Facts

August 28, 2017 - 1:50pm CDT

As chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, Rep. Leslie Osborn was one of the legislature’s budget negotiators earlier this year. She used that position to make the case for a litany of tax increases, claiming that Oklahomans are “tired of us doing things the way we’ve always done the... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Misleading statements harmful

August 11, 2017 - 8:42am CDT

Former House Appropriations and Budget Chair Leslie Osborn recently stated Oklahoma is “50th in the nation in tax collections.” Calling for more tuition and fee increases on working Oklahoma families, University of Oklahoma President David Boren made a similar dead-last claim regarding state support... READ MORE

Blue-State Blues

August 10, 2017 - 3:38pm CDT

Throughout the entire 2017 legislative session, we heard sky-is-falling rhetoric from politicians and lobbyists. We were told Oklahoma must increase revenue or state agencies will face dire consequences. But despite all that noise, Oklahoma state government is now on track to spend more money next ... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Private Sector Boosts Household Income

August 10, 2017 - 2:29pm CDT

In the June issue of Perspective (“Oklahoma State Budget Crisis: I Should Say So”), we measured the extent to which the public sector has crowded out the private sector in Oklahoma (see Chart 1). This is important because the evidence is clear that it is the relative size of the private sector that ... READ MORE

How Does Oklahoma’s Tax Burden Compare to Other States?

August 8, 2017 - 10:24am CDT

While many believe Oklahoma is a low-tax state, research by former Tax Foundation economist William Freeland questions this assumption. His study shows Oklahoma’s tax burden both as a share of state income and gross state product (GSP) and compares Oklahoma to the averages in all states. Freeland’s... READ MORE

Which Governors are Leading on Tax, Spending Issues?

July 17, 2017 - 3:15pm CDT

ALEC recently released its State of the States 2017 report, which analyzes economic policy proposals in governors’ state of the state addresses from across the country. It includes a “best of the best” and “worst of the worst” list, each featuring six governors. This year’s best of the best inc... READ MORE

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