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Economic Freedom
Increasing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Is Bad for Business

October 1, 2016 - 4:16pm CDT

Increasing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Is Bad for Business By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik The sales tax is perceived as a “good tax” because it taxes consumption and therefore minimizes tax-induced distortions in the rest of the economy. For example, a do-it-yourself homeowner who goes to Home... READ MORE

Sales Tax for Education Would Generate Millions

September 9, 2016 - 12:14pm CDT

  Sales Tax for Education Would Generate Millions If policymakers want to disincentivize government spending,  level the playing field for Oklahoma businesses, and help fill the 2017 state budget gap, they should force educational institutions to pay sales tax on their purchases. By Steve ... READ MORE

Pro-Growth Tax Cuts Are Bearing Fruit in Kansas

September 2, 2016 - 12:14pm CDT

  Pro-Growth Tax Cuts Are Bearing Fruit in Kansas   By Rex Sinquefield The Midwestern governor currently occupying the greatest media bandwidth is the one just selected for a spot on the GOP ticket. We can certainly expect to see Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s name all over the news for the next ... READ MORE

Why Are School Districts Sitting on So Much Cash?

August 5, 2016 - 1:08pm CDT

Oklahomans who have been told repeatedly that Oklahoma’s schools are underfunded may be very surprised to learn that the schools in fact have “savings accounts” that are full of cash sitting idle. That’s one of the many things you’ll discover using OCPA’s new education finance data tool. The data, ... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Budget Hole Could Be Much Deeper

June 1, 2016 - 3:28pm CDT

By Brandon Dutcher Oklahoma’s budget crunch has been much in the news lately. But imagine how much worse the situation could be. “Oklahoma has about 692,000 students in public schools,” says Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. “According to the U.S. Ce... READ MORE

Another Way to Trim Incarceration Costs

June 1, 2016 - 3:18pm CDT

By Brian Maughan As state policymakers work to reduce prison incarceration rates and their resulting costs, there is a second way to address this issue from the bottom up. Offenders whose crimes do not merit prison time are still clogging county jails across Oklahoma, driving costs at the local l... READ MORE

Professional Licensing Is Killing Opportunity

April 1, 2016 - 12:57pm CDT

By Byron Schlomach I recently sat with my son to watch a television program he had accessed through Netflix about the sport of boxing. A significant portion of the program was devoted to the sociology of the sport. It was pointed out that as you look at the best fighters over the decades, their b... READ MORE

What’s the Matter with GDP?

March 7, 2016 - 1:26pm CST

When it comes to measuring the true progress of our society, 
this particular metric leaves a lot to be desired. There is a holy number in America today. People worship this number on a daily basis. It has the power to cause the stock market to roar or to come tumbling down. This number even has th... READ MORE

State Employees Can Help Solve Oklahoma’s Budget Crunch

March 4, 2016 - 11:34am CST

The recent media coverage of the state’s budget condition has resulted in a plethora of ideas on how to deal with the situation. Some of the ideas have merit, while others (such as raising taxes) are simply counterproductive. There are plenty of sensible solutions which don’t involve extracting mor... READ MORE

With Budget Crunch Upon Us, It's Time to Right-Size Government

February 1, 2016 - 3:31pm CST

In 2016, it’s time for policymakers to get serious about “right-sizing” government. When it comes to government spending in Oklahoma, the 800-pound gorilla in the room that many people ignore is this simple question: Should government grow faster than the private sector’s ability to pay? To answer... READ MORE

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