Education

Moms tipped governor’s race

Why did 100,000 African-American women in Florida vote for Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum, a Democrat vying to become the state’s first African-American governor?

Jonathan Small
November 30, 2018
Health Care

Poor Medicaid audits cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

State auditors discovered Louisiana may have misspent as much as $85 million on ineligible Medicaid expansion enrollees. This comes after other troubling revelations about Medicaid waste in the Pelican State. Auditors recommend Louisiana increase the frequency of audits to weed out fraud in its Medicaid program.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 28, 2018
Education

Racism and the government school monopoly

The government school monopoly was created in the 19th century to consolidate the power of social elites. They wanted to homogenize what was, in their eyes, an unacceptably diverse population. A society where differences are valued can only emerge when the monopoly they built is broken.

Greg Forster
November 26, 2018

Politics vs. thankfulness

A growing body of research shows that thankfulness—the reason for this season—is good for us. Unfortunately, modern life and politics often work to reduce gratitude and thus to steal away these benefits.

Trent England
November 21, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid health outcomes questionable

Congress and state legislatures together have spent trillions of dollars on Medicaid and CHIP over the past two decades. At the same time, there has been relatively little research on health outcomes for beneficiaries. Studies so far show mixed results, with some even showing worse outcomes for people on Medicaid than for people with no coverage at all.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 21, 2018
Budget & Tax

How money walks: Florida

Due in part to Florida’s much friendlier tax climate, the state has gained $156 billion from wealth migration since 1992. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has lost $1.22 billion since 1992.

Curtis Shelton
November 20, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid eating state budget, feeding national debt

SoonerCare expenditures, as a percentage of total state spending, have nearly doubled since 1997. They now account for 30 percent of total Oklahoma state spending.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 19, 2018

Republicans’ trust in media decimated

“How much do you trust the news media?”

Jonathan Small
November 16, 2018
Budget & Tax

October 2018 gross receipts set a record high

October 2018 gross receipts set an October record high of $1.14 billion. Record highs have been set for all four months of this fiscal year.

Curtis Shelton
November 15, 2018
Health Care

States turn to work requirements to fight escalating Medicaid costs

Due to rapidly escalating costs and increases in enrollment, states are pursuing new ways to reform their Medicaid programs, including work requirements for certain eligible able-bodied adults.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 13, 2018