Education

Teacher unions oppose Kavanaugh

You would think U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wants to burn down the schoolhouse.

Jonathan Small
September 14, 2018
Budget & Tax, Education

Don’t ignore teacher retirement benefits

When discussing teacher compensation, nearly all the focus revolves around average salaries. But ignoring teacher retirement benefits also ignores the cost to taxpayers.

Curtis Shelton
September 12, 2018
Budget & Tax

A look at August 2018 gross receipts

Tax and fee increases passed during the 2018 session took effect in August, but most of the revenue growth came from a growing economy. Legislative changes resulted in $18.3 million, or 16%, of the total growth for the month.

Curtis Shelton
September 10, 2018
Education

Good education news

Regrettably, bad news in Oklahoma’s public education system is all too easy to come by. But I’ve also seen some good news lately, and it’s important to highlight it.

Jonathan Small
September 7, 2018
Budget & Tax

The full picture: 401(k) plans vs. public pensions

A clear and full picture of public employee compensation is important when debating whether to increase the tax burden on Oklahomans.

Curtis Shelton
August 31, 2018
Budget & Tax

Same song, second verse

It’s election season, and the two competing worldviews on the ballot are not new.

Jonathan Small
August 31, 2018
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Money in the bank: TSET continues to grow

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) board of investors has preliminarily certified $64.8 million in fiscal year 2018 investment earnings. This $64.8 million would be the highest earnings ever recorded by TSET. If TSET continues its current growth rate, the endowment fund will reach $2.5 billion by the mid-2020’s.

Curtis Shelton
August 28, 2018
Education

Healthy civic engagement or polarizing self-interest? Let’s give both sides a fair hearing

“At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in order to encourage teachers and staff to vote in that day's elections,” The Oklahoman reported July 30.

Brandon Dutcher
August 27, 2018