Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Saving Workers’ Retirement: First Steps Toward Public Pension Reform in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
May 28, 2013

Oklahoma’s public employee retirement systems’ need for reform and real structural change no longer can be ignored

The Challenge:

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

August 1, 2013

In this OCPA memorandum, the unsigned authors argue that from 2004 through 2009, Oklahoma’s personal income tax was lowered more than 20 percent.

The Empirical Evidence on School Choice

Greg Forster
July 24, 2013

In this policy report, the author writes that,

Once More into the Breach: The Path to Effective Workers’ Compensation Reform in Oklahoma

Andrew C. Spiropoulos
February 1, 2012

As observers of Oklahoma’s public-policy scene are keenly aware, the field of workers’ compensation reform is littered with the remains of failed reforms of years past.

Are Medicaid's Benefits Too Healthy?

John R. La Plante
August 1, 2002

Oklahoma's families and businesses are taxed to provide medical care for others, through Medicaid and the SoonerCare program.

Has SoonerCare Achieved Its Objectives? A Five-Year Checkup

Merrill Matthews Jr., Ph.D., And Glenn P. Dewberry Jr., M.D.
December 1, 2000

in this examination of SoonerCare, the authors note that SoonerCare has been in operation for five years, and recent reports of budget shortfalls and allegations of nursing home infractio

The Cost of Mental Health Parity in Oklahoma

Robert J. Franciosi, Ph.D
March 1, 1999

This article addresses the need for mental health care reform mandating insurance companies to include mental health in their coverage. Author Robert Franciosi writes;

The Blob That Ate the Schools

Greg Foster
January 3, 2011

Here’s an eye-opening school statistic for you: Only half of Oklahoma’s public education employees are teachers. The bureaucracy is now so big, it takes up half the system. It’s the blob that ate the schools.

Teachers’ unions, and the lousy teachers they protect, have become the central villain in the epic drama of education reform. And well they deserve the role—teachers’ unions exist to fatten themselves by destroying children’s lives.

Are Oklahoma's Noncompliant School Districts Violating Civil Rights Laws?

Stacy martin and Patrick B. McGuigan
January 3, 2011

Oklahoma public schools that violate the civil rights of students risk losing federal education funds, U.S. Department of Education official Jim Bradshaw told CapitolBeatOK recently.

That information may be of particular interest to advocates of, and families with, special-needs schoolchildren—the beneficiaries of a new state law intended to improve their educational options. While state money is involved in the new statute, federal civil rights provisions could still apply.

Oklahomans Say Unions Prevent Schools from Getting Better

Brandon Dutcher
June 19, 2011

In July 2010, the National Education Association (NEA) “decided that $3 million was just the right amo

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