Oklahomans are shocked and disappointed as press accounts describe massive pay raises being rapidly handed out to state agency executives. In some cases those raises have amounted to more than $40,000 per year.
On multiple occasions, a member of the House District 31 constituency inquires about the impact upon common education of Oklahoma lottery proceeds. Many believed that once voters approved the lottery it would quench common education’s insatiable appetite for money. No doubt, based on viewing lottery advocacy commercials, they thought the lottery would have more of […]
This year I have enjoyed membership in the rotation of presiding officers for the House of Representatives. The presiding officer of the House presides over business in the absence of the Speaker of the House. On behalf of the Speaker, this person conducts the session according to the rules of the House, affixes his signature […]
OSSAA provides case-in-point of legalism trumping common sense – > Consider this observation. An increase in the number of laws, policies, rules and procedures produces a corresponding decrease in the application of common sense.
I recently received an assistance request from an individual worried about an impending action by a state agency. He was afraid they were about to approve a policy permitting a certain group of people to ignore a recently approved state law. He wanted to view the agenda of the agency’s next board meeting but couldn’t […]
I have developed a healthy fear of crisis policy making. Crisis policy making occurs when politicians attempt to avert a purported crisis by approving a far-reaching new law or new big government program.
Many readers will instantly know the subject matter of this report simply by reading the title. These readers are part of the flash mob which suddenly forms on the Waterloo Road off-ramp at 5:40 p.m. each work day. Vehicles overflow the long exit ramp and traffic backs up into the interstate, thus creating an extremely […]
It doesn’t take a new business owner long to realize the importance of a general liability insurance policy. The excitement over his first client may quickly temper when that potential client asks for proof of liability insurance as a condition of hire. From that day forward, he will pay these insurance premiums until his business […]
Readers of these articles are likely familiar with my optimism about Oklahoma’s future. Much of Oklahoma government contains a new wave of policy makers dedicated to reversing old anti-freedom policies that punished the entrepreneurs who dared to create jobs and economic prosperity for Oklahomans.
This year I appreciated the opportunity to work on two significant reforms on behalf of two state government officials for whom I have tremendous respect. Even when they are away from the public eye these two courageously fight the status quo. I have seen them achieve actual and substantive results on behalf of the taxpayers […]
Several years ago, I was told, the Senate debated making government information accessible on the internet. A very powerful state senator purportedly opposed the proposal because he said if his constituents wanted to see government information badly enough, “They could drive to Oklahoma City and get it themselves.”
I have recently been receiving emails about the increasing number of energy sector production sites. As you can imagine, seismic testing and deployment of heavy equipment quickly captures the attention of nearby homeowners who worry about the impact of heavy equipment on their roads.
For several months, one of Guthrie’s foremost fast food restaurants experienced a tremendous drop-off in the quality of service. Long lines of customers found themselves patiently waiting for a product that took far too long to deliver. Word quickly spread around town about the poor service.
The Oklahoma Legislature will likely convene in the next few weeks for a special session. A recent ruling of the State Supreme Court invalidated the Legislature’s 2011 tort reform law because they felt it violated Oklahoma Constitution’s single subject provision.
Many Oklahomans have learned over the years to predict stormy spring weather. During the early afternoon hours prior to an evening outbreak, we can sense impending storms by the atmosphere, humidity, color of the sky or the heaviness in the air.
Last week I wrote about my desire to help local school boards save money for infrastructure needs while avoiding debt and property tax increases. House District 31’s rapid growth and corresponding increase in property tax collections continue to provide area school districts with new resources. Districts should be allowed to set aside some of these […]
Guthrie and all of Logan County are in the midst of growth from a population and residential building boom. Representative Jason Murphey recently opined an article where he discussed the growth of revenue that school districts will see from collection of ad valorem taxes. This revenue growth is spurred by residential growth through new construction […]
A month ago I wrote about this area’s rapid growth and described local tax collections continue to grow as formerly empty fields fill up with new homes and taxpayers.
If you’ve read my previous articles, you probably already know about Oklahoma’s wasteful and segmented system of governance. A 2007 study showed that Oklahoma has twice the number of agencies, boards and commissions when compared to states of similar size and budget. These government entities throw away taxpayer dollars in unnecessary overhead costs that could […]
Near the end of last session I wrote an update in which I opined against the political grandstanding conducted at the end of this year’ session. Various politicians sought to make political points by attacking the new state budget on the grounds that it did not contain across the board pay raises.