OKLAHOMA CITY – A coalition of state lawmakers announced today they have filed legislation to phase out Oklahoma’s personal income tax in such a way that the state would have the lowest overall tax burden in the continental United States.
OKLAHOMA CITY – House Republican leaders today unveiled another round of policy proposals designed to make government more efficient and fiscally stable.
You are invited to attend a town hall meeting next Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road.
Voters in Logan County will soon be heading to the polls for the February 14th Special Election and School Election and in the process will be voting with new scanners.
When the Legislature and the Governor approved the consolidation of Oklahoma’s state information technology infrastructure, they created a series of opportunities for cost savings and efficiency. Many of those involved in the approval of the policy probably did not even begin to realize the many different ways these opportunities would present themselves. Here is just […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – A recently conducted poll shows strong support for an impending legislative initiative.
You may have seen recent news stories about the federal government’s attempt to stop South Carolina’s new voter ID law. The action represents a new aggressive approach by the federal government to get involved in state election issues that includes a recent effort to stop the Texas Legislature’s redistricting plan.
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 […]