Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

In last week’s article I described my initial optimism for this year’s legislative session and detailed the opportunities afforded to this year’s legislature. I explained my initial belief that a new generation of legislative leaders were coming into leadership who understood the need for reform. My early optimism appeared justified. Appropriations officials held substantive and […]

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, legislators commenced a rapid fire process of throwing out various tax increase proposals in an apparent attempt to see what they could get before those impacted by the new taxes could engage. This made an absolute mockery of any semblance of transparency in the legislative process.

Rep. Murphey: Taxing Netflix

Rep. Murphey: Taxing Netflix

Last Monday, legislative leaders positioned Oklahoma to join one other state and several left-leaning cities (including Chicago and Pasadena) in enacting a tax on Netflix users and users of other streaming video services including Hulu and Amazon Video.

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Government Modernization Chairman Jason Murphey today expressed his strongest opposition to the impending introduction of a legislative plan to put a new tax on the use of information technology services. “Earlier today, Governor Fallin released an article entitled ‘Computer Science, Coding Skills in High Demand by Businesses across Our State’ in […]

Rep. Murphey: Upcoming events of note

Rep. Murphey: Upcoming events of note

In January, the state will issue its financial statements for the 2016 fiscal year. These are perhaps the most important documents produced by state government. They will show the actual effect of the energy sector’s downturn on state government spending.

Rep. Murphey: Returning to the path of reform

Rep. Murphey: Returning to the path of reform

Last Tuesday I took note of a rather exciting event. Hidden in the news of election day, only careful observers noted a press release from the incoming Speaker of the House. He used the occasion to announce something exceptional: he will reduce the amount his office spends on personnel by nearly $500,000.

Rep. Murphey: Phone directory publishers are no longer breaking the Law

Rep. Murphey: Phone directory publishers are no longer breaking the Law

This is the time of year when many of last session’s approved legislative initiatives take effect. Traditionally, this means many new laws are going into place. All too often, these are unnecessary laws that create additional fees, new government debt and inappropriate spending, unnecessary and confusing regulation, or worse. Unfortunately, this year is no different. […]

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