Criminal Justice

Punishment and crime: How they are (and are not) related

Changes to state penal codes can have a significant impact on reducing state prison populations. Oklahoma policymakers should continue to pursue new criminal justice reform policies to safely lower the state’s high incarceration rate.  

Kaitlyn Finley
August 13, 2019
Education

Powerful iron triangle resists parental choice

Oklahomans favor policies which give parents more educational options. However, enacting those policies has proven to be difficult. A simple metaphor can help explain why.

Brandon Dutcher
August 11, 2019
Education

The government school monopoly as reverse patronage program

One of the key challenges for education reformers is the huge size of the government school monopoly as a “reverse patronage” employer.

Greg Forster
August 8, 2019
Good Government

Proposed election change could create costs, headaches

Some liberal activists want to require Oklahoma and other states to eliminate runoff primaries and instead use “ranked choice” voting. But Oklahoma’s top election official warns that change would involve substantial taxpayer expense and likely voter confusion.

Ray Carter
August 8, 2019
Health Care

Stitt continues to reshape government leadership

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday that Kevin Corbett will be the new director of the state’s Medicaid agency, continuing Stitt’s practice of prioritizing individuals with private-sector business expertise when making appointments.

Ray Carter
August 7, 2019
Economy

Expert says gambling compacts need to better address addiction

The debate over renegotiation of Oklahoma’s gaming compacts with tribal governments has centered on the rates paid by tribes and the impact of renegotiation on state-tribal relations. But some experts say those discussions are overlooking another important factor.

Ray Carter
August 7, 2019
Good Government

Government transparency bill signed in ceremony

Senate Bill 271, by state Sen. Nathan Dahm and state Rep. Kyle Hilbert, requires state agencies to post annual reports online that list “all federal funds” under the agency’s control and identify, in descending order, the funding source the agency relies on “to the greatest extent.”

Ray Carter
August 6, 2019
Health Care

Trump nixes Utah's partial Medicaid expansion plan

Last week the Trump administration blocked Utah’s efforts to partially expand Medicaid eligibility to able-bodied, working-age adults. Now Utah will likely move forward with a full Medicaid expansion plan despite budgetary concerns from lawmakers.

Kaitlyn Finley
August 6, 2019