Oklahoma’s Quick Action Closing Fund

Oklahoma’s Quick Action Closing Fund

Oklahoma’s Quick Action Closing FundAuthor Tyler WilliamsonAbstract This paper uses the five part test developed in Policymaker's Guide to Evaluating Corporate Welfare to evaluate Oklahoma's Quick Action Closing Fund. It finds that the fund is a corporate welfare...

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