State Government




Answers to FAQs about The Election

As election day approaches, I continue to receive questions from constituents about the items on the ballot and the election process.


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…