Budget & Tax

More people moving out of Oklahoma than moving in

A recent analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City shows more people moving out of Oklahoma than moving in. This has closely followed the business cycle of the oil industry and changes to the personal income tax.

Curtis Shelton
April 16, 2019
Education

School administrators to lobby, play golf in OKC

A group of public-school administrators planning to visit Oklahoma City during school hours on April 24 appear poised to spend more time golfing than in direct meetings with lawmakers, even though the purported purpose of the trip is legislative outreach, based on an email from one of the group’s leaders.

Ray Carter
April 15, 2019
Budget & Tax

State tax collections continue to climb

Total Gross Receipts collected in March 2019 were $1.06 billion—an increase of 10.3 percent, or $101 million, from the same month in the prior year.

Curtis Shelton
April 15, 2019
Health Care

Medicaid expansion fails to lower hospital prices

After expanding Medicaid, many Colorado hospitals continued to raise their service prices despite the fact hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased. They did not pass supposed savings onto Coloradans, but instead decided to build more hospitals and buy out more physician-owned practices.

Kaitlyn Finley
April 12, 2019
Economy

Oklahoma migration may hold tax lessons

New research by Federal Reserve Bank officials shows “more people moved out of Oklahoma to live in other parts of the United States than moved in” during each of the past three years, reversing a prior trend of population growth.

Ray Carter
April 12, 2019
Criminal Justice

Corrections system is in crisis, officials say

Policymakers warn a crisis is brewing in Oklahoma’s prison system, and even if correction reform measures drive down some costs, the need to upgrade the system could remain.

Ray Carter
April 11, 2019
Budget & Tax
Curtis Shelton
April 11, 2019
Education

Oklahoma teachers deserve liability insurance

Regardless of how the state of Oklahoma might structure the provision of liability insurance for teachers, it is a bargain. And it would help debunk the notion that teachers have to be constantly afraid of being sued just for doing their jobs. Teachers might just feel freer to do their jobs well. 

Byron Schlomach
April 10, 2019