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Oklahoma Has Too Many Government Employees …

December 5, 2011 - 4:02pm CST

In a new study (“Eliminating the State Income Tax in Oklahoma: An Economic Assessment”), OCPA and Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics outline a bold tax-reduction plan which will not require draconian cuts in state government spending. And even the modest cuts it will require should not be difficult... READ MORE

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… And Some of Them Appear to Be Injury-Prone

December 5, 2011 - 4:01pm CST

Workplace injuries and illnesses are a fact of doing business. As such, employers offer packages of sick time and disability benefits to employees as part of their overall compensation package. Yet there is a growing disparity between such packages in the private sector and those in the public secto... READ MORE

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Income-Tax Phaseout Would Create Economic Boom

December 5, 2011 - 3:59pm CST

Oklahoma has the opportunity to establish itself as America’s premier destination for economic freedom by completely phasing out the state’s personal income tax. In a new study (“Eliminating the State Income Tax in Oklahoma: An Economic Assessment”), OCPA and Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics est... READ MORE

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Sitting on a Mountain of Cash, CareerTechs Don’t Need More Money

November 7, 2011 - 4:15pm CST

Like most other agencies of state government, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (CareerTech) has been known to complain about budget cuts and to request greater and greater sums of taxpayer money. But what most Oklahomans don’t realize is that the local technology centers go... READ MORE

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OCPA Developing a State Budget That Respects Your Family Budget

November 7, 2011 - 4:12pm CST

According to recent survey data (see here), Oklahomans want lower taxes and a smaller state government that provides fewer services. OCPA will provide the roadmap. We are currently working on a model state budget for Fiscal Year 2013 which returns government spending to pre-spending-spree levels wh... READ MORE

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Taxing Cannot Be Separated from Spending

November 7, 2011 - 4:07pm CST

It is a grave error to attempt to discuss tax reform without discussing spending reform. Current and future spending determines the future path of taxes. Government spending and taxes are like a train. The taxes are the cars. Rearranging the cars and shifting the loads within the cars can have a la... READ MORE

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What’s the Largest Industry in Oklahoma? Government

November 7, 2011 - 4:06pm CST

According to the latest data, it takes 18 Oklahomans in the private sector to fund one Oklahoma state government job. Regular readers of Perspective will notice that we periodically engage in this exercise, asking how many Oklahomans it takes to fund one government worker. Why? What’s the point? Th... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Voters: Reduce the Income Tax, Don’t Raise Other Taxes

November 7, 2011 - 4:06pm CST

Oklahoma’s Task Force for the Study of Tax Credits and Economic Incentives has been doing some important work lately, and it’s looking more and more likely that some tax credits will be eliminated. OCPA recently commissioned SoonerPoll, a highly respected survey firm, to conduct a statewide survey ... READ MORE

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‘Green Jobs’ and Half-Truth Economics

November 7, 2011 - 4:04pm CST

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” —Henry Hazlitt, “The Lesson,” Economics in One Lesson (1946) The lesson” of He... READ MORE

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Oklahomans Want Lower Taxes, Smaller State Government

October 4, 2011 - 4:25pm CDT

In an effort to gauge public opinion on various policy questions, OCPA recently commissioned SoonerPoll, a highly respected survey firm, to conduct a statewide survey of 587 likely Oklahoma voters. The survey was conducted July 25 through August 11, 2011. The margin of error is ± 4.04 percent. Do y... READ MORE

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