State Government

You have got to check this out

You have heard that sunshine is the best disinfectant to corruption in government. In recent years, the House of Representatives Government Modernization Committee has approved…



Getting lawmakers off welfare

When a lawmaker decides to accept lobbyist gifts, he enters into a type of welfare system. Like all welfare systems, this tends to destroy the…



Shaking down lobbyists

Back in February I wrote an article describing the influence of certain lobbyists over the legislative process. I wrote that lobbyists, ” . . ….


State questions on November ballot

This is the time of year when voters start researching and asking about the state questions which will be on the November ballot. Unlike two…



It is time to end pork earmarks

The issue of pork earmarks or legislative pass-throughs has received a bit of public scrutiny within the past few weeks after the Oklahoma Council on Public…



40 million dollars of savings and counting

Oklahoma taxpayers received some great news as part of a recently released report from Oklahoma State Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit. During the last legislative…



Popping the Higher Ed Bubble

I have found it interesting that it has taken so long for technology to bend the cost curve for Oklahoma higher education entities. Just as…


Suggestions For Lowering Tuition Costs

There were some positive outcomes from this year’s legislative session. This includes the scheduled closure of two high profile state government corporate welfare funds. Closing…





When Faith Meets Politics

This year’s legislative session recently ended. This was when legislators experience a tremendous amount of stress as they work against the constitutionally mandated closure of…


We Are Just Getting Started

Oklahoma state government will become more efficient and transparent as a result of a series of recently approved legislation. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed…


Modernizing Constituent Surveys

These email updates frequently opine about the need to modernize government processes. I certainly want to practice what I preach and apply these same concepts…