Health Care

Jonathan Small | May 25, 2018

Agency scandal worse for lack of sunlight

Jonathan Small

A 2015 veto by Gov. Mary Fallin left some observers scratching their heads. After all, the bill had passed overwhelmingly: 69 to 19 in the House and 39 to 1 in the Senate. A public opinion poll showed similar bipartisan support for the bill among voters.

Maybe now we know what was really going on. House Bill 1748 would have required state agencies to disclose information about federal funding, conditions (mandates) for receipt of federal funds and associated consequences (positive or negative). In short, if it had become law, it might have prevented some of what the multicounty grand jury called the “reprehensible … inept practices and processes conducted by the Department of Health.”

Read more at The Journal Record.

Jonathan Small President

Jonathan Small


Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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