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Logan County tax reform to go into law

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed the proposal to reform county government election law. House Bill 1400, proposed by State Representative Jason Murphey and State Senator Anthony Sykes, requires county governments to allow voters to cast a distinct and separate vote on county tax questions. Read more…

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Never, ever retaliate

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In the middle of April 2014, I finished my work for the day at the House of Representatives and drove to the Cedar Ridge neighborhood at 220th and MacArthur. It was the commencement of campaign season and for the next few months my family and I would make thousands of visits door to door. Read more…

Senate Minutes: There’s a lot to consider

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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When we talk about the issues that come before us at the state Capitol, there’s a lot to consider.  What kind of input have I received from the people I represent?  Is this going to be beneficial to them and the state in the years to come?  What are other states doing, and what does the research tell us about the problem and possible solutions? Read more…

The difference between state government debt and your home mortgage

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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As we near the end of the legislative session, the Legislature will be presented with last minute, late session emergencies in order to compel legislators to issue more taxpayer-funded debt. Read more…

New law makes county assessors more transparent when lowering assessment ratios

April 23, 2015 Leave a comment

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Beginning Nov.1, county assessors in Oklahoma will need to follow protocol when it comes to decreasing the percentage of real or personal property. Gov. Mary Fallin approved the bill this week authored by State Rep. John Pfeiffer (R-Mulhall). Read more…

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Oklahoma earthquakes are uncovering an academic conflict of interest

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Oklahoma policy makers must come to terms with an evolving conflict of interest. This conflict has been exposed by events that just a few years ago simply could not have been imagined in Oklahoma. Read more…

A powerful new tool for holding government accountable

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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A few weeks ago, in her State of the State speech, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spent a considerable amount of time describing what I believe to be one of the most, if not the most, important ongoing government modernization initiatives. Read more…

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