Higher Education

A breath of fresh air

Oklahoma higher education is a notorious devourer of cash. That’s why new University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly is such a breath of fresh air.

Jonathan Small
October 5, 2018
Budget & Tax

Taxes sobering for State Question 792

State Question 792 brings with it many changes to the state’s alcohol industry, including allowing liquor stores to sell refrigerated beer and allowing grocery stores and gas stations to sell beer higher than 3.2% alcohol by volume. While many Oklahomans will be celebrating this policy change, there’s an important question to ask: How much of the price of cold beer goes to state coffers?

Curtis Shelton
October 1, 2018
Education

Median income vs. teacher pay

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median teacher salary for secondary teachers in Oklahoma was $40,090 in 2017. This was $6,460 more than the median personal income for all Oklahomans in 2017. Nationwide, secondary teachers had a median pay of $59,170 compared to $51,100 for those with a similar level of education in 2017.

Curtis Shelton
October 1, 2018
Education

Teacher unions echo far left

There are still echoes from last spring’s Oklahoma teacher walkout, not all of them welcome.

Jonathan Small
September 28, 2018
Education

Oklahoma students, parents testify on school bullying

Sobering statistics, moving stories from victims, and policy solutions were discussed during a Sept. 11 interim study on school bullying.

Staci Elder Hensley
September 24, 2018
Energy

Oklahoma wind farms encroaching on military flight paths

Wind farms are being built in military test and training flight paths, apparently in violation of a new state law.

Mike Brake
September 24, 2018
Health Care, Good Government

Implementation of new Oklahoma Medicaid reforms underway

The HOPE Act, passed earlier this year, updates and improves the process of auditing Medicaid enrollment to stop potential fraud and waste in Oklahoma’s SoonerCare program. The implementation process of the law is underway but is still incomplete.

Kaitlyn Finley
September 21, 2018
Energy, Good Government

Wind cronyism costs linger

How did mankind figure out fire without a government program? These days every new technology has backers who insist they are one more government check away from being the next big thing. That was the Solyndra story, and in Oklahoma, it is the story of wind farm companies.

Jonathan Small
September 21, 2018

The Washington Post ignores low life expectancies in its own city

“Haters gonna hate,” as they say. And so left-leaning media will look for ways to skewer right-leaning states.

Trent England
September 19, 2018