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By Mike Brake When Trent England first began considering a career in public policy, he never envisioned himself as one, like Rush Limbaugh or Dennis Prager, who takes to the airwaves each day to enlighten a broad audience. But that’s exactly what he does each morning from what is coming to be calle... READ MORE

Religion Helps Oklahoma’s Fight against Illicit Drug Use and Overdoses

By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik Strong families are the foundation of healthy communities, upward economic mobility, and a robust civil society. Unfortunately, Oklahoma families aren’t flourishing the way they once were. Oklahoma ranks a middling 21st in the 2017 Family Prosperity Index (w... READ MORE

TSET Reforms, Medicaid Audits Will Help the Most Vulnerable

By Jonathan Small Former Gov. Frank Keating and Oklahoma City physician Doug Beall—both OCPA trustees—recently entered the national health care debate with a column in The Wall Street Journal. Their thesis? Medicaid must be dramatically reformed if we are to avoid bankruptcy for the states and ret... READ MORE

Medicaid Costs Continue to Rise

By refusing to adopt the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, Oklahoma lawmakers stood up for the premise that Medicaid should remain a safety net for the most vulnerable, not an entitlement for able-bodied adults. And yet Medicaid has been growing in Oklahoma nonetheless, eating up an ever larger portion... READ MORE

When It Comes to Cost of Living, Red States Win

By Byron Schlomach Blue states generally offer richer social benefits on paper. So at first glance, it seems like you’re better off being poor in California than in Mississippi. On the other hand, some in blue states have complained about how red states get more money from the feds per dollar of f... READ MORE

When Quality Education Becomes a Matter of National Security

Jonathan Butcher (second from left) is pictured here at a 2014 panel discussion in Oklahoma City entitled "School Choice 2.0: Education Savings Accounts." Also pictured (from left) are OCPA distinguished fellow Andrew Spiropoulos, education researcher Matthew Ladner, and Heritage Foundation schola... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s ESSA Plan

By Greg Forster Oklahoma has submitted its mandatory education plan to the federal government. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal government must approve the state’s plan as a condition of federal funding. More than anything else, Oklahoma’s plan illustrates the bankruptcy of ... READ MORE