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Apparently, legally requiring schools to do what they should have been doing all along constitutes an "unfunded mandate."

http://www.governing.com/…/gov-winning-shift-school-funding…

The legal strategy to get states to provide adequate education funding has changed -- and it's working in schools' favor.
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Why government guaranteeing a job or minimum income is a bad idea.

"In the USSR, there was simply no reason for anyone to work hard. It was not possible to make more money, to open a business, to invest for profit. If any disposable income materialized (a rare event indeed), there was nothing to buy, certainly nothing of any quality. The best way to live was to engage in tufta (pretend work) and whenever possible steal from your employer, the government. After all, the government shafted you, so why not shaft it back?"

https://tsarizm.com/…/a-tale-of-two-cities-how-russia-lost…/

The Hi-Tech Traditionalist: A Tale Of Two Cities, How Russia Lost WWII. Communism Kills.
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Clearly at least 46% of Amhttp://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2018/46_favor_government_guaranteed_jobs_for_allericans have no clue.

Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on
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1889 research was featured in May 2 editorial in Oklahoma City's newspaper of record, The Oklahoman.
http://newsok.com/time-to-change-social-worker-li…/…/5593113

MAY 2, 2018 - IT'S commonly argued that excessive occupational licensing reduces worker opportunity. But in some instances, it may also indirectly harm some of the state's most vulnerable people. This point is raised in a policy prescription from The 1889 Institute, an Oklahoma City think tank that....
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An excellent article on the collusive health care system in this country.
https://amgreatness.com/…/mr-president-end-the-collusion-i…/

Between December 31, 2008 and April 2018, the S&P 500 saw 177 percent growth. By any measure, a strong performance for that nearly 10 year stretch. But the S&P 500’s performance pales in comparison to that of Aetna Insurance. The health insurance giant
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So-called fact-checking outfit PolitiFact is fine with considering cost-of-living differences in California or New York, just not in Oklahoma.
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The 2018 increase in Oklahoma's education funding will bring Oklahoma real per-student spending to a level only a few hundred dollars below that of 2000, keeping in mind that the 2000 level of spending was more than triple the real spending level of 1960 and nearly double that of 1980.

Dr. Smith discusses the common economic fallacy that free market healthcare is a "race to the bottom." Learn how it's truly a race to market clearing prices in the latest video blog.

Is Free Market Healthcare A Race to the Bottom? by Surgery Center of Oklahoma | Apr 4, 2018 | Blog | Hello. Dr. Keith Smith with you. Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Thank you for joining me. “A race to the bottom”. That is a phrase that I’ve heard physicians who are skeptical of the free market u...
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Here are some interesting thoughts about the future of higher education given current trends. Whether the big universities like it or not, it will get cheaper and more customized, but there a policies that need to be followed in order to take full advantage.

http://nebula.wsimg.com/8f4d284b7261d575ef7440c8accb8039…

Of the 21 states below Oklahoma in cost-of-living-adjusted teacher pay, teachers in only one, West Virginia, are striking. Arizona teachers, on average, are paid less than West Virginia's. AZ is seeing the nation's best gains in national student assessments. Arizona teachers aren't striking.

Yet, an Oklahoma teacher strike is increasingly likely, with the official approval of the state's two largest district's school boards. That tells you how much education is valued by supposed educators in Oklahoma.

This reminds the Director of the 1889 Instiute of the Archer County (TX) Hospital while his father was practicing. He performed hip joint replacements, hysterectomies, appendectomies, removed a ton of gall bladders, repaired hernias, delivered babies, etc, etc. The director once personally scrubbed up on a Thanksgiving Day to watch his father open up the belly of a man who'd been shot, sew up two holes in his stomach, pack off a crease in his liver, and run the bowel, which was undamaged.
https://www.cnbc.com/…/no-frills-micro-hospitals-emerge-as-…

Neighborhood hospitals can provide much lower costs for patients than traditional community hospitals.
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Unfortunately, the legislature didn't bite, but the 1889 Institute has proposed a modest Education Savings Account plan that would save money for both local school districts as well as the state.
http://nebula.wsimg.com/6e82f877e776d694c25abb3e08159a01…

The 1889 Institute has produced some basic facts and issues to consider when it comes to teacher pay in Oklahoma.

http://nebula.wsimg.com/efd808f39c628546982ab652900b4c61…

Oklahoma licenses electrologists (permanent hair removal). Should it?
http://www.1889institute.org/licensing.html

"Electrologist (Hair Removal) Licensure in Oklahoma" by Byron Schlomach summarizes the Oklahoma's electrology licensing law, pointing out how it is the most onerous in the nation. No public interest justification is found for licensing electrology. Thus, the law's immediate repeal is recommended.
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Read 1889 Director, Byron Schlomach's critique of Oklahoma's tax subsidies for renewable energy.
http://www.ocpathink.org/…/stop-conspiring-with-zero-emissi…

By Byron Schlomach Suppose I told you of a way to imperil the state’s budget, force needless investment spending in an industry that everyone depends on so everyone must help to pay for that spending, destabilize the electric grid, and hand millions of dollars to foreign companies, a...
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Read 1889 Director, Byron Schlomach's take on Oklahoma's budget process.
http://www.ocpathink.org/artic…/reform-the-budgeting-process

By Byron Schlomach Oklahoma needs greater transparency, an all-funds budget, and a streamlined revenue-estimation process. The budget process for a state is more than simply putting numbers on a ledger, and far...
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See 1889's featured op-ed in "The Oklahoman."
http://newsok.com/article/5582012

FEB 4, 2018 - Whether you are a fan of Step Up Oklahoma or think of it as Pay Up Oklahoma, there is no denying the plan is long on taxes and short on reform. Step Up promoters say it will raise taxes but also reform state and local government to increase efficiency and reduce abuse. But other than a...
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