Budget & Tax

Stitt’s budget to ‘keep a lid’ on spending

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of budget says a shift is underway in Oklahoma government. He said the governor’s next budget plan will focus more on efficiency than increased spending.

Ray Carter
December 6, 2019
Budget & Tax

Low casino fees a problem for Henry administration too

Gov. Kevin Stitt isn’t the first statewide officeholder to raise the issue of casino operating fees. 

Ray Carter
December 6, 2019

Speaker touts benefits of healthy nationalism

Rich Lowry, syndicated columnist and editor of National Review, says a healthy nationalism is foundational to national purpose and self-government and has been for centuries.

Ray Carter
December 5, 2019
Higher Education

Oklahoma colleges given low rating in free-speech report

A new report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) finds that three major Oklahoma colleges maintain highly restrictive speech codes, and two others maintain policies that are less restrictive but still impose some barriers to free speech.

Ray Carter
December 4, 2019
Health Care

Oklahoma Medicaid growth crowds out other priorities

Over the past 20 years, Medicaid’s share of total state spending has grown faster than any other category of state spending. 

Kaitlyn Finley
December 4, 2019
Education

Teacher numbers climb, but trend may not last

New figures suggest pay increases have attracted more teachers to Oklahoma schools, but much of the increase remains attributable to reliance on emergency-certified teachers

Ray Carter
December 2, 2019
Education, Family & Community

Teachers’ union encourages members to politicize Thanksgiving, Christmas gatherings

The parent organization of the Oklahoma Education Association is encouraging its members to “incorporate your commitment to social justice at your celebrations this year.”

Ray Carter
November 27, 2019
Education

State testing outcomes prompt question: When will results improve?

Despite a dramatic increase in school funding and the adoption of what state officials say are higher academic standards, Oklahoma students’ academic performance on state tests mostly remained stagnant in 2019 or lower than in 2017.

Ray Carter
November 27, 2019
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