Agriculture

Taking Oklahoma agriculture and ranching to the next level

One of Susan Bergen’s favorite mantras says that “Life is 360 degrees.” It’s a philosophy you might expect from the OCPA trustee, who’s the daughter of a Sierra Club naturalist mother and a manufacturing entrepreneur father.

Staci Elder Hensley
July 16, 2018
Higher Education

Academic freedom, freedom of speech, and the future of higher education

For higher education to fulfill its mission, we need excellent professors, staff, and facilities. But for all of this to work in the manner to which we have become accustomed, more is needed. What is it? What is the key? What makes the difference? What has made our system of higher education the envy of the world? What distinguishes an institution of higher education from any other means of imparting knowledge? What makes it all cohere?

Andy Lester
July 13, 2018
Good Government

How do we limit cronyism?

Politicians love their power. Why? Because they’re people. That’s why government tends to grow, along with cronyism and dependency. In the end, taxpayers always get the bill.

Jonathan Small
July 13, 2018
Budget & Tax

Where does Oklahoma rank on property taxes?

Oklahoma relies less on property taxes as a share of total state and local tax collections than most other states. With property taxes making up just 18.3% of state and local revenue, this puts Oklahoma fourth in the region, even though property taxes are more reliable and less volatile.

Curtis Shelton
July 11, 2018

Have school boards forgotten parents and taxpayers?

Given the much-publicized scandal at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a recent policy memorandum from the 1889 Institute could not be more timely.

July 11, 2018
Budget & Tax

June revenue collections set record high

June revenue collections reached record highs at $1.1 billion.

Curtis Shelton
July 10, 2018
Law & Principles

The better way to choose judges

President Trump has announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Trent England
July 10, 2018
Education

Bixby teachers union conducted ‘strategic’ voter targeting at district facility

Bixby Public Schools allowed a teachers’ union to conduct political activities targeting a “strategic list” of voters in the run-up to the June 26 primary election.

Stacy Martin
July 10, 2018
Higher Education

Gallogly exercising wise stewardship (cont’d)

It was one of Ronald Reagan’s best lines: “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” The Gipper, however, apparently never met new University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly.

Jonathan Small
July 6, 2018
Education

529s now for K-12 too

The Oklahoma Legislature hiked taxes for government-run schools this year without demanding any reforms. Meanwhile, the Trump tax bill expanded the use of college savings plans, known as 529 accounts, to include tuition for private schools at the K-12 level.

Jonathan Small
July 6, 2018
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