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Lunchtime Links | February 23

February 23, 2018 - 12:00pm CST

Here's what our policy experts are reading today (Links do not constitute endorsements). The Hill: Get China's pernicious Confucius Institutes out of US colleges FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed last week that his agency is taking “investigative steps” regarding Confucius Institutes,... READ MORE

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Proposal Would Raise Teacher Pay, Tame the Bureaucracy

February 23, 2018 - 11:05am CST

State Rep. Tom Gann (R-Inola) has proposed a bill that will fund a teacher pay raise with investment income derived from the assets managed by the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO). His bill will establish a separate fund dedicated to teacher pay raises, and I understand that Rep. Gann intends ... READ MORE

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Squeezing Government | The Trent England Show Ep. 22

February 23, 2018 - 10:58am CST

Why do we limit government power and tie it up with checks and balances? Trent explains why gridlock is often good and government always needs a squeeze. READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Too much state revenue?

February 23, 2018 - 9:04am CST

State revenue keeps rising. This is good news for many Oklahomans, but not for those wanting higher taxes. The State Board of Equalization has adopted revenue estimates for the next fiscal year. The board meets three times a year to provide revenue estimates. According to the Oklahoma Constitution,... READ MORE

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Lunchtime Links | February 22

February 22, 2018 - 12:00pm CST

Here's what our policy experts are reading today (Links do not constitute endorsements). The Oklahoman Editorial Board: Proposed change could mislead Oklahoma parents It is routinely noted that Oklahoma's education system ranks poorly in national comparisons. That negative perception won&#... READ MORE

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After Step Up plan fails, OKCPS chief urges employees to contact lawmakers

February 22, 2018 - 9:28am CST

The acting superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools used the district’s taxpayer-funded email system to urge teachers and other staff members to lobby state lawmakers in the wake of the failure of the Step Up Oklahoma tax increase/teacher pay plan, OCPA has learned. “Yes this did come from OK... READ MORE

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Lunchtime Links | February 21

February 21, 2018 - 12:00pm CST

Here's what our policy experts are reading today (Links do not constitute endorsements). KFAQ: Jonathan Small on tribes collecting state tax, OCPA tax plan, & GO Summit 2018   The Oklahoman: Oklahoma Legislature finishing budget 8 months after it started The sometimes-raucous Oklahoma Hous... READ MORE

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More Money, More Indictments | The Trent England Show Ep. 21

February 21, 2018 - 11:15am CST

More turns out to be less, whether it's state revenues or Russia investigation indictments--Trent explains, and invites you to the Growth & Opportunity Summit this Saturday. READ MORE

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Will Cigarette Tax Revenues Go Up in Smoke?

February 21, 2018 - 8:52am CST

Headlines often give the game away when it comes to agenda-driven journalism. Such is the case with “Somebody says” headlines, where the “somebody” is invariably pushing a point of view shared by the reporter. And so both the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman recently provided: “Health care advocates sa... READ MORE

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Event Video: Religion and America

February 20, 2018 - 3:33pm CST

American government sits on a foundation that includes, prominently, the Bible. In fact, no book was more referenced by the leading American Founders. In many homes of the time, the Bible was the only book. Children learned from it, adults read it, and public discourse was full of references or allu... READ MORE