Budget & Tax

Jonathan Small | April 28, 2017

Revisionist history

Jonathan Small

Some folks will say or do just about anything to get their hands on more of your tax dollars. That’s what is happening right now at the State Capitol, where some are pushing a series of proposed new sales taxes on services by claiming former Gov. Frank Keating once did the same.

That, to put it charitably, is a falsehood. The Keating plan, proposed in 2001 and almost immediately shot down by the big-spending liberals then in charge of the Legislature, would have entirely replaced the state income tax, the business franchise tax, and the estate tax with an expanded sales tax on services – and removed the sales tax from groceries at the same time.

Read the rest over on 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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