Columns/Opinions

OICA Breaks Down Legislature’s Budget Proposal

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The Oklahoma Legislature returned to the State Capitol Monday to finalize budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year, which will begin on July 1. The leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, controlled by large Republican majorities, held a press conference announcing their proposal.

We Need To Get Through This

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We need to get through this time and tighten our belts, just as we have through two World Wars, terrorist attacks and other epidemics

“Essential;” What’s In A Word?

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Are you an “essential worker” who needs to be on the job? Do you run a “non-essential” business” that’s required to close and isn’t eligible for a government bailout? When you leave your home is it for “essential travel” or are you engaging in “non-essential activity?”

Random Thoughts From A Man Too Burnt Out To Write A Column

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In the normal course of things, I write my columns to a particular formula, that of the “op-ed.” I pick a subject that’s riding high in the news cycle (or, better yet, is ABOUT to be riding high in the news cycle, making me look prophetic) and make the most compelling — but concise! — argument I can come up with for my position on that subject.

We’re All In This Together: A Letter From The Insurance Commissioner

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Very few Oklahomans, if any, have faced a pandemic like COVID-19 in their lifetime. This pandemic has changed our daily routines in an instant and has created a new normal for many for us. Our kids’ schools are closed for the remainder of the school year and have transitioned to distance learning. My wife is leading her Bible Study online. Many of us are video calling with family and friends from down the street to across the country. My team of dedicated state employees is working tirelessly, away from the office to do what is best for Oklahoma. We’re all getting adjusted to this new normal.

The EPA Gave Polluters A License To Kill

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Our government just told polluters they are free to pump deadly chemicals into our air and water. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended all enforcement indefinitely, until the COVID-19 crisis is over.