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Economic Freedom
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Two Dozen Budget-Cutting Ideas for Policymakers

December 21, 2010 - 4:46pm CST

In May of this year OCPA presented its “thrifty fifty” budget ideas for state government.1 As the 2011 legislative session draws nigh, and lawmakers are searching for ways to save money, here are an additional two dozen recommendations. The annual savings from these recommendations is more than $93 ... READ MORE

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Government Shouldn’t Do It All (Even If It Could)

December 16, 2010 - 4:52pm CST

These days, government is everywhere. Big. Burdensome. Pervasive. Lines for standing, regulations for following, taxes for paying. Though this is our reality, it wasn’t what our country’s forefathers had in mind. In fact, they wanted something entirely different. Having fled England to escape tyran... READ MORE

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OCPA's Freedom Agenda 2011

December 9, 2010 - 4:53pm CST

In the end, the contending philosophies of Oklahoma’s two competing candidates for governor came down to this: a predominantly economic and jobs focus (Mary Fallin) versus a competence or qualifications focus (Jari Askins). Oklahomans chose the “jobs first” message, and they did so consciously. Som... READ MORE

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Fed-Up Americans Must Demand Federal Spending Restraint

December 1, 2010 - 5:04pm CST

I have devoted more than 30 years of my life to promoting liberty and free enterprise. When I joined the board of trustees of The Heritage Foundation in 1978, it was plainly evident that our nation’s leadership was morally and fiscally bankrupt. Liberal policies had nearly destroyed our economy. Un... READ MORE

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Lawsuit Abuse Must End

November 30, 2010 - 5:35pm CST

OCPA trustee Bill Price believes it’s time we take a look at “the high cost and secretive nature of large legal fees caused by school districts suing and being sued by others.” A former U.S. Attorney, Mr. Price is perhaps best known for his prosecution of the County Commissioner corruption scandal,... READ MORE

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Freedom: It's Good Policy, Good Politics

November 16, 2010 - 4:42pm CST

In the wake of this month’s election, and in light of the results of a new SoonerPoll survey, it's time for one of the nation’s most conservative laboratories of democracy to take bold steps to promote transparency and to advance economic and educational freedom. Read More>> READ MORE

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How to Defuse Oklahoma's Pension Bomb

November 1, 2010 - 5:45pm CDT

Last month in these pages (“The Coming Explosion of Oklahoma’s Pension Bomb”), I outlined the significant problems in Oklahoma’s two largest pension systems, the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS) and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). I also said there are ways not onl... READ MORE

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What a Tax Hike Would Do to Oklahoma's Economy

November 1, 2010 - 5:43pm CDT

Personal income is an important economic measure of a state’s well-being. Higher levels of personal income mean that a state’s residents are able to buy more goods and services such as homes, cars, education, and health care. It’s also a very useful way to gauge the ability of a state’s residents to... READ MORE

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A Tale of Two States: The Real Effect of Individual Income Tax Cuts

October 22, 2010 - 12:36pm CDT

Will cutting Oklahoma's individual income-tax rate result in less revenue for the state, or could rate reductions generate economic activity that will provide offsetting revenues? Read More » READ MORE

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Oklahomans to Trim Family Budgets If Obama Tax Hikes Enacted

October 1, 2010 - 3:24pm CDT

Unless Congress acts soon, 2011 will bring with it higher federal taxes as the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush expire. Some highlights: The 10 percent tax rate for taxable income up to $8,500 will disappear into the 15 percent tax rate. The “marriage penalty” will return in... READ MORE

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