Last week I wrote about the recently released plan from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer (the author of the Laffer Curve). The plan shows the positive economic impact that Oklahoma would experience if the state’s progressive income tax were to be phased out over the next ten years.
As you may be aware, on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, all Republican voters in Logan County will be eligible to vote in the Republican primary for State Senator (there is no Democrat primary on that day because only one Democrat filed for the position).
I have always believed the elimination of the state income tax is not only doable, but also imperative.
Election time is right around the corner and Guthrie officials are looking to inform candidates and the public about political signs in hopes of minimizing any confusion, conflict, or expense.
One of the most important components of this year’s House government modernization effort will involve acting on a request from State Auditor Gary Jones.
Last year, I filed Legislation that would apply Oklahoma’s open meetings and records laws to the Legislature. As you are probably aware, these are the important laws designed to ensure that transparency follows the taxpayer dollar.
I really enjoy watching political documentaries. I recently watched, The Best Government Money Can Buy. This documentary does a great job showing the considerable influence of lobbyists over the development and implementation of policy. It also clearly demonstrates some of the constitutional and practical barriers to various proposals designed to limit the power of special […]
In my last update I described the conclusion of this year’s interim study process that occurred one week ago on Thursday. I wrote about the hearings that demonstrated the increasingly rapid application of our government reform proposals and the millions of dollars of savings that are starting to be realized.
I consider last Thursday to have been the most exciting and rewarding days that I have experienced as a legislator.
Oklahoma taxpayers continue to save millions of dollars due to recent purchasing reforms, according to the state’s purchasing director.
Twice each year the media publishes a list of personal gifts received by legislators from registered lobbyists. The reason this list is published each six months is due to the fact that lobbyists are required to report their gift giving up until the end of June and until the end of December.
New Oklahoma laws – 186 total – took effect today (November 1, 2011), ranging from sweeping civil lawsuits to restrictions on abortion, reducing the state’s overcrowded prison system, the Aaron’s Law and The Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act.
If you have read very many of these updates in the past, you are familiar with the savings to taxpayers due to the modernization of state government processes. However, it is important to note that the commitment of the Legislature and Governor to make state government processes more efficient does not just result in savings […]
The Government Modernization Committee will conduct a series of interim studies next month.These studies are designed to bring attention to the implementation of past modernization reforms and begin the process of developing the next round of modernization legislation.
The Legislature has greatly benefited this year from the influx of a large number of freshmen members elected during the 2010 election cycle. Because they are a product of this important election cycle, they know firsthand how important it is for Oklahoma’s policy makers to cut government spending.
A Oklahoma group is trying to make sure soldiers and their families will have a happy holiday season, despite injuries or being stationed overseas.
I wanted to write just one more article describing some of the reform in this year’s successful Government Modernization legislation. These reforms put into place a comprehensive framework to increase the transparency of state government process, lower the cost of government to the taxpayer, and significantly enhance the ability of the citizen to access government […]
Last week I wrote about the large number of modernization initiatives that were approved this year by members of the Government Modernization Committee, the Legislature and Governor. In that article I described a small sampling of these initiatives. These efforts were designed to result in cost savings and greater transparency. In this week’s update I […]
This year was by far the most successful year for legislative state government modernization reform proposals. In all, 23 significant government modernization initiatives have been identified. Each of this initiatives was considered by either the House Government Modernization standing or conference committee and all were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the […]
Later this month, State Representatives Corey Holland, Leslie Osborn and I, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs (OCPA), will conduct a study of the state’s higher education system.