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Contractors’ group supports Stephanie Bice in Fifth District Congressional race

Garnering favorable notice after five years in elective office is Stephanie Bice, a Republican state senator representing District 22 (Yukon, Piedmont, Edmonw and Oklahoma City) at the state capitol. Bice crafte the liquor law reforms CapitolBeatOK designated one of Oklahoma’s top news stories in 2018. She is running for Congress in 2020.  Photo provided.

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Stephanie Bice has garnered an important endorsement early in her campaign for U.S. Congress. The 380-member Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) announced last week they were endorsing the Oklahoma City Republican “to become the next representative of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congress District 5.” AOGC, […]

Treasurer McDaniel reports growth in gross receipts despite sales tax decline

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury for both the month of June and Fiscal Year 2019 indicate ongoing growth in the state’s economy, but recent collection data is sending some mixed signals, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today. Reports released by McDaniel’s office show overall growth of 4.7 percent in […]

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

Curtis Shelton. Photo provided.

by Curtis Shelton, OCPA Research Fellow   With a budget agreement officially announced common education in Oklahoma is set to receive $157.5 million in additional appropriated funding for the upcoming fiscal year. This $157.5 million is coming after the $465 million in increased appropriations from last year’s legislative session. The bulk of this increased spending […]

State Rep. Marcus McEntire discusses longstanding GOP effort to expand Medicaid

State Rep. Marcus McEntire.  Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday (April 24) rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats. Speaking to a […]

TSET putting nightclubs ahead of doctors?

Policy Analyst Curtis Shelton, pictured in the library at the Oklahoma Council of Policy Affairs, says it is time to ask whether TSET’s “spending practices are truly improving Oklahoma’s health statistics, or if it is time to reform the system and redirect future settlement payments to higher priorities such as rural healthcare.” Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY -– Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has spent as much, and sometimes more, promoting bars and nightclubs and a boathouse foundation than it has on recruiting rural doctors to Oklahoma, records show. Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a […]

Analysis: Comanche v. Chickasaw at the High Court

This map is of "Comancheria" in about 1850. It is a Wiki document adapted from an old U.S. Postal Service map.

Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has rebuffed the arguments of the Comanche, a western Oklahoma tribe, in the case of “Comanche v. Zinke.” But in March the Comanche submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking justices to consider issues raised in litigation. […]

1889 Institute joins Mackinac Center for important study on How “To End Corporate Welfare”

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Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Critiques of robust government interference in picking winners and losers in the economy believe government support for businesses through subsidies and other special treatment, commonly referred to as corporate welfare, has proven time and again to be an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. But the practice persists, with policymakers […]

Oklahoma State Senate approves Rob Standridge’s ‘Oklahoma First!’ legislation

Sen. Rob Standridge.  Photo provided.

Staff Report   The full Senate has given approval to a bill aimed at ensuring more state contracts are awarded to Oklahoma businesses. Sen. Rob Standridge is the principal author of Senate Bill 376, the Oklahoma First Act. Standridge said the exact mechanisms are still being honed as the bill moves through the legislative process, […]

Oklahoma’s Gross Receipts show growth for 23rd straight month, McDaniel reports

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma City – In spite of lower oil and gas prices, Gross Receipts to the Treasury have reflected growth in the Oklahoma economy for 23 consecutive months, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced last week. February receipts of $971.5 million are 10.7 percent higher than collections from the same month of last year. “Oklahoma’s […]

Pace of work intensifies at Oklahoma state Senate, Republican Treat and Democrat Floyd unveil key proposals

Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The pace of work at the state Senate intensified in recent days, in advance of the formal start of the legislative session in February. Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, filed a legislative package that would give new-Governor Kevin Stitt new authority to choose directors […]

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