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Economic Freedom
Tax Reduction Will Empower Future Generations

November 13, 2014 - 11:54am CST

U.S. history features many crucial moments when leaders made pivotal decisions that changed the trajectory of the future and empowered generations to come. The Founders determined to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the sake of the birth of a nation, declaring that all men are cre... READ MORE

Union Reforms Will Protect Workers and Taxpayers

November 13, 2014 - 10:36am CST

Did you know the state of Oklahoma supports a Washington, D.C.-based political organization that advocates for gun control, opposes home schooling, and supports government-controlled health care beyond even what is in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? State government does this in two ways, and ... READ MORE

With State Spending at an All-Time High, Its Time to Right-Size Government

November 13, 2014 - 9:09am CST

In 2015, it’s time for policymakers to get serious about “right-sizing” government. Consider the following. Total state tax collections have increased by $1.7 billion since their low point in the recent recession. The Oklahoma Tax Commission reports that the state will set another record for tax re... READ MORE

Corrections Reforms Will Make Us Smart On Crime

November 13, 2014 - 9:01am CST

Reducing crime and punishing criminals are basic functions of government. Yet Oklahoma’s corrections system is failing. Costs are soaring. The system is badly overcrowded. Oklahoma spends more than $700 million annually on corrections efforts, which largely consist of jailing people convicted of cr... READ MORE

The Promise and Perils of Upstarts Like Lyft, Uber, and Airnb

October 23, 2014 - 9:11am CDT

It turns out not everyone is using the Internet to look at cute pictures of cats. A wave of startup companies is creating Internet marketplaces that make new kinds of transactions possible and turn ordinary people into entrepreneurs. These new services let people rent spare rooms, cars, and bicycle... READ MORE

Scripture and the State Maximal or Minimal Government?

September 19, 2014 - 9:14am CDT

Through the years in the pages of Perspective, various economists, political scientists, accountants, and others have made the case for low taxation and limited government. We’ve never had a theologian weigh in on the issue, but with certain voices on the religious left calling for high taxes and bi... READ MORE

Tax Cuts in Oklahoma and Kansas Fuel Small Businesses

September 12, 2014 - 9:19am CDT

Over the last decade, Oklahoma has been one of the most aggressive states in the country when it comes to reducing the burden of taxes on taxpayers. Since 2002, the top marginal individual income tax rate has fallen significantly—by 22 percent—to 5.25 percent from 6.75 percent. One of the greatest ... READ MORE

Paul Krugman: Wrong on Taxes, Wrong on Kansas

September 2, 2014 - 9:26am CDT

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently used his weekly column to take aim at pro-growth tax reform and Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Krugman pulled no punches while dismissing the pro-growth impact of tax reform—Kansas’ recent tax reform specific... READ MORE

Oklahoma Must Eliminate the Penalty on Work

September 2, 2014 - 9:23am CDT

This month OCPA Impact is spotlighting a state lawmaker who is helping to drive the conversation in Oklahoma about reducing our penalty on work, the state income tax. Tom Newell (R-Seminole) represents District 28 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he is chairman of the Human Services C... READ MORE

The Value of the College Premium—and the Marriage Premium

July 2, 2014 - 1:59pm CDT

There is a lot of discussion in the mainstream media about the “college wage premium”—the benefit gained by earning a college diploma in terms of one’s long-term earning potential. Going to college provides many benefits to an employer, such as increased skills and a signal of work effort. In econom... READ MORE

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