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OCPA column: The Slippery Three

The Slippery Three
by Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans have increased by $1.1 billion. Oklahomans’ personal income taxes are up at least $185 milli…

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OCPA column: More money, more problems

More money, more problems

by OCPA President Jonathan Small

It’s been busy lately, so you may not have noticed that the state of Oklahoma received $71 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Of that amount, the Oklahoma attorney general received a little over $4 million. The state general fund collected a little over $13 million….

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OCPA column: Era of Oversight Needed

Era of Oversight Needed

Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans has increased by $1.1 billion – Oklahomans’ personal income taxes are up at least $185 million annually just since 2016.Oklahoma government is growing. Some growth …

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PolitiFact’s Double Standardby OCPA Fellow and Executive Vice President Trent EnglandWhen I moved to Oklahoma, I got a raise simply because things cost less here than in the Seattle area where I grew up. Housing, especially, is cheaper here than anywhe…

Turf over textbooks?By OCPA president Jonathan SmallIn 2018, Oklahomans will see the largest teacher pay raise in state history, dramatic tax increases, and record total funding for education. Since March 29, $610 million in new tax increases and annua…

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MuskogeePolitico:  Reaction to end of teacher walkout

Here’s some reaction that came in tonight in response to the end of the teacher walkout. First, Governor Mary Fallin:Governor Mary Fallin Statement on End of Nine-Day Public School Teacher WalkoutOKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin this evening issued…

The $106K teacherby OCPA president Jonathan SmallSchool choice is good for teachers. With so much focus on education policy right now, that’s an important fact.Calculating the pay raise, Oklahoma teachers rank 31st in raw dollars nationally. Economist …

OCPA's Small on New OU President: "Terrific Hire"

Terrific Hireby OCPA President Jonathan SmallThe University of Oklahoma regents have selected James Gallogly as the next OU president. It’s a terrific hire.“Jim Gallogly is a world-class, in-demand, transformative leader,” said Regents Chairman Clay Be…

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OCPA: Minimum Teacher Salaries -- Oklahoma vs Texas

Curtis Shelton
OCPA Policy Research Fellow
MINIMUM TEACHER SALARIES: OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS

Much has been made of teachers fleeing the state for higher salaries in Texas. This is a primary argument by the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) when expla…

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