Health Care

Senate Bill 605 is bad policy, no matter where you try it

Oklahoma should reject proposals like state Senate Bill 605 to further expand Medicaid. Similar Medicaid expansion plans have been scrapped in states like Iowa and New Hampshire due to high costs.

Kaitlyn Finley
March 18, 2019

Bills moved forward or enacted this week

This week marked a major deadline for measures moving through the legislative process at the Oklahoma Capitol. Here are some important bills that either cleared the initial hurdle or were enacted into law.

Staff
March 15, 2019
Good Government

Pointless politics

Politics is full of good intentions and well-meaning ideas, so why does government so often stumble?

Jonathan Small
March 15, 2019
Education

Study says Oklahoma charters can deliver more bang for the buck

Top charter schools can deliver more learning per dollar spent, on average, than regular public schools, according to a new study by a former Oklahoma Secretary of Education.

Mike Brake
March 14, 2019
Health Care

Reject Medicaid expansion

Obamacare Medicaid expansion has cost taxpayers 157 percent more than initially projected. Expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma could divert state resources away from Oklahoma’s traditional Medicaid population and cost state taxpayers $374 million each year.

Kaitlyn Finley
March 14, 2019
Good Government
Budget & Tax

Report: State economy grows even as oil prices remain low

The latest monthly report from the Oklahoma State Treasurer’s office indicates that the state economy continues to grow even as oil prices remain low.

Curtis Shelton
March 12, 2019
Budget & Tax, Good Government

Limited government should also be effective

A limited government shouldn’t mean an ineffective one. Oklahoma’s current government structure pits its executive branch against itself and makes any real reform difficult.

Curtis Shelton
March 11, 2019
Education

Pastors ask policymakers to consider ‘rich diversity of educational approaches’

Ministers from across the state have signed an open letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt and members of the Legislature commending them for last year’s teacher pay raise and other education policies and reminding them of the importance of parental options.

Staff
March 9, 2019
Budget & Tax

Coastal fairy tales

Oklahoma’s revenue shortfalls were not the result of coastal fairy tales about tax cuts. They were the result of the Great Recession – and then a recession from a protracted energy price war waged by OPEC – that caused thousands of our fellow Oklahomans to lose their jobs.

Jonathan Small
March 8, 2019
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