Rep. Murphey: The transparency test

Rep. Murphey: The transparency test

Time and again I have witnessed the voters elect a new office holder based on the candidate’s platform of reform and innovation. The new office holder starts out with the best intentions, excited and ready to implement new ideas, unfortunately only to devolve into a self-centered career politician whose primary motivation becomes the extension of […]

Rep. Murphey: Taxpayer-funded Minecraft

Rep. Murphey: Taxpayer-funded Minecraft

It was deja-vous. A few days ago, the State Purchasing Director attempted to walk the Government Modernization Committee through the ins and outs of state government purchasing policy. His unenviable task faced two primary challenges: capturing the attention of legislators for what at first glance appears to be an extremely dry (though important) subject matter, […]

Rep. Murphey: The State’s debt and its role in the tax increase attempts

Rep. Murphey: The State’s debt and its role in the tax increase attempts

For much of Oklahoma’s history, the conservative fiscal values of Oklahomans were upheld because state officials were unable to issue general bonded indebtedness without first receiving approval through a vote of the people. This is because Oklahoma’s constitution requires a balanced budget and prevents debt issuance without a vote of the people.

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