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Economic Freedom
Drug Abuse, Government Dependency, and Rural Decline

December 13, 2013 - 2:16pm CST

One alarming fact about America’s rural communities is that many of them are dying. Demographically, the major challenge facing rural towns is demographic winter, i.e., exhibiting more deaths than births. One third of all counties in the U.S. exhibit this phenomenon. Even in fervently pro-life, pro... READ MORE

Toward a Free-Market Farm Policy

December 13, 2013 - 2:13pm CST

OCPA executive vice president Brian Bush recently sat down with economist Jayson Lusk, OCPA’s Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow, to discuss agricultural subsidies, crop and livestock insurance, and more. BUSH: There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the farm bill and about the future ... READ MORE

Right to Work Helps Oklahoma Shine

November 14, 2013 - 2:20pm CST

When Indiana and, incredibly, Michigan became Right-to-Work (RTW) states in 2012, it was the first year a state had done so since our home state of Oklahoma passed Right to Work in 2001, giving every Oklahoma employee the choice of paying—or not paying—a labor union as a condition of employment. La... READ MORE

Money Walks

October 10, 2013 - 2:23pm CDT

As we pointed out last month in these pages (“Voting with Their Feet”), Oklahoma’s net migration has improved significantly since pro-growth policies such as Right to Work and tax cuts have been implemented. Some have denied that policy matters to migrants, but the pattern of Oklahoma’s migration te... READ MORE

Right to Work Laws Improve Economic Well-Being

September 9, 2013 - 2:30pm CDT

Michigan’s Right to Work (RTW) law—which took effect earlier this year—may prove to be an economic boon for the state, particularly over time. The cumulative effect of Right to Work appears to have dramatically boosted the standard of living in the states which have adopted it. Our new study, relea... READ MORE

The Good News Is That the Bad News about Kansas Was Wrong

September 9, 2013 - 2:28pm CDT

Once more, with feeling: Some good words about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the historic income tax cut he shepherded to passage, and the performance of our northern neighbors since. But first, a few words about Oklahoma’s Republican legislative majority, and Gov. Mary Fallin, over the last three yea... READ MORE

Voting with Their Feet

September 9, 2013 - 2:24pm CDT

Economists have long studied migration between the states because migration is the ultimate expression of “voting with your feet.” In other words, more people moving into a state is a good sign of social and economic progress, whereas more people leaving a state is not a good sign. Therefore, a thor... READ MORE

Gov. Frank Keating and the Right to Work

September 6, 2013 - 3:35pm CDT

When Oklahomans (and Americans) think of former Gov. Frank Keating, they doubtless remember his grace and dignity in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. But as someone who works at a public policy think tank in Oklahoma City—and who interacted with Gov. Keating during his two terms in offic... READ MORE

Misplaced Wrath

September 6, 2013 - 3:32pm CDT

With today’s farm bill hanging in the balance, it is instructive to take a brief look back at our nation’s long and complicated history with farm policy. The Progressive Era, coupled with the Great Depression, enabled the New Deal policies of the 1930s. It was then that Franklin Roosevelt enacted f... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s History with Income-Tax Cuts: A Story of Growth

August 5, 2013 - 3:42pm CDT

From 2004 through 2009, Oklahoma’s personal income tax—the amount the state penalizes citizens and job creators for the right to earn a living—was lowered more than 20 percent. Over this period of time, the top marginal rate dropped, in a series of four reductions, from 7.00 percent to 5.50 percent.... READ MORE

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