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A policy Analysis from 1889 Institute​April 2017by Byron Schlomach  Given the list of over 500 school districts in Oklahoma, with 300 of them having fewer than 500 students, it is natural to conclude that a great deal of money could be saved with school district consolidation. After all, every district has to have a superintendent, a school board, and the administrative staff required for district processes.​  Every district has its ow […]

​  Within the Republican majority, there are several fiscal conservatives who adamantly oppose the raising of any taxes unless and until there are significant reforms and cuts in wasteful agencies, including the governor’s own office staffing.  In conversations with several fiscal conservatives (both inside the Platform Caucus and other Republican conservatives) I was told that if we don’t reform state agencies in this current crisis, then we never wi […]

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  The Republican House leadership scrapped a vote on the controversial Tobacco tax bill, Wednesday. They appear to have even less support for the confiscatory revenue measure than last May. Under the tobacco tax bill’s language, the effective state sales tax equivalent on any tobacco tax would be 55%. Imagine the boldness of a govt. which would lay claim to such piracy. If a gas station hiked the price of fuel   Par […]

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Sooner Politics: Rep. Faught Seeks To End 'Swag' spending By State

Fluff spending on gifts and status tokens cost Oklahomans tens of millions, annually. In the quiet late night hours of last May, a special committee meet after dark, at the capitol. They listened to Rep. George Faught tell how trinkets, fluff, stickers, pens, bags, mugs, and other gift wares were being purchased by the governor’s office and state agencies. None of it provided core services to anyone, except to help an incumbent retain elective or appointed office. […]

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Calvey Reform Funds Pay Raises While Saving The State Millions.  Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-OKC) has discovered the key to restoring teacher salaries to competitive and sustainable norms. His new bill (HB 1002x) seeks to raise the class sizes from the current aggregate of 16.3, to at least 18.3. Oklahoma currently pays teachers more per student than San Diego, Ca. (Read more on this)  But San Diego pays their teachers $55K per year, compared to Oklahoma’s $45K. […]

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Sooner Politics: Legislature Comes Up With Dozens Of Bills For Special Session

  On Monday morning the two legislative chambers will convene session for one reason; Mental Health go screwed over by a budget scheme.​   But the 144 who may show up will have a pile of papers on their desk. It seems that many of them decided this is the right time to fix the ills that got past the last session.  Here’s the Senate’s list of new bills.   To fix the budget crisis, the legislature will need to stay put until the governor […]

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Bridenstine Confirmation Hearings begin Next Week

  The Bridenstine congressional office is now in a strange twilight zone of self-imposed abstention from congressional voting. With key votes coming up on overhauling federal healthcare policy, income tax reforms, Budget & Debt authorization, and eminent war with North Korea; Bridenstine is following White House instructions to avoid a potential challenge of constitutional separation of powers.  The White House leadership has made Jim Bridenstine t […]

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 A man whom Oklahoma largely held in high esteem for 50 years, is finally ending his latest role in public office. David Boren is the former legislator, governor, US Senator, insider favorite for the ’92 presidential nomination, and finally…. The 24 year president of Oklahoma University.  It was his years at OU which saw his harshest criticism. Boren was never the radical leftist while serving in elective office. But at the university he was extremel […]

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