Byron Schlomach, Director 1889 Institute

Byron's 1889 Publications

In addition to being Director at the 1889 Institute, Byron is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University. Doctor Schlomach has researched and written broadly in public policy in areas as diverse as economic development, transportation, public education, welfare, health care, government finance and transparency, regulation, and occupational licensing. He has been published in numerous newspapers in Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma as well as Business Week Online, National Review Online, and The Hill. Byron has made many media appearances on radio and TV during his 24-year career working in state public policy.


Immediately prior to Byron's arrival at the 1889 Institute in 2015, he served as the Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona where he authored studies on public sector unionization, public pension systems, state spending and taxation, health care, and transportation policy. His impacts in all of these areas were generally recognized.


Prior to Goldwater, Byron was the Chief Economist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin where he authored many studies and became a pioneer in fiscal transparency, inadvertently starting a movement when he demanded that school districts post individual expenditures. Also in Texas, Byron served as legislative aide and chief of staff to a Texas legislator where he received a baptism by fire in education policy when the state's education code was rewritten in 1995. He also served as a researcher for the Texas Comptroller where he aided in preparing fiscal notes and recommendations for the state's Texas Performance Review. 


Byron holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University. He is the father of three and resides in the Oklahoma City metro area with his wife. 

Byron's 1889 Publications

Ten Top Tens: State Rankings Worth Pursuing 


A Universal Education Savings Account Proposal: Fiscal Implications and Model Legislation


A Win-Win for Consumers and Professionals Alike: An Alternative to Occupational Licensing


Straight Talk on Public Education


Baked-In Corruption: The Need to Reform Boards and Commissions


Social Worker Licensure in Oklahoma


Conversion Schools: Local Districts Have No Excuse


Comparing Oklahoma Government Revenues and Spending


Annotated Summary of the Occupational Licensing Task Force Report


Pedorthist (Custom Orthotics, etc.) Licensure in Oklahoma


Adjusting Higher Education Policy for the Internet Age


​A Money-Saving Education Savings Account (ESA) Proposal


Teacher Pay Raise in a Nutshell


Electrologist (Hair Removal) Licensure in Oklahoma


Making Oklahoma's School Funding More Rational: Simplifying the WADM Calculation


​School Mandates: So What?


The Importance of the Cost of Living and Policies to Address It


The Profitability of Nonprofit Hospitals: Do They Really Need More Money?


Funeral Director and Embalmer Licensure in Oklahoma


Public Education Spending In a Historical Context


Saving Money: School District Consolidation vs. Breaking Up Big Districts


Critique of the Incentive Evaluation Commission's Tax Incentive Evaluation Report: 2016


Barbering and Cosmetology Licensure in Oklahoma


Raising Teacher Pay: Things to Consider and Do


Teacher Pay: Facts to Consider


Rising Above Mere Politics: General Principles for Spending Taxpayers' Money


Policy Maker's Guide to Evaluating Proposed and Existing Occupational Licensing Laws


A Truly Universal Education Savings Account Proposal, Including Fiscal Implications


Oklahoma's Teacher Supply: Shortage or Surplus?


The Need to Review and Reform Occupational Licensing in Oklahoma


Tax Increment Finance and Suggestions for Reform


Oklahoma's Teacher Pay: 30th, Not 48th


Oklahoma is a Medium, Not Low, Tax & Spending State


Medicaid Expansion: Bad Policy by Any Name


Wind Energy Tax Credits


Designing an Education Savings Account 2016


Certificates of Need: An Oklahoma CON that Needs Repealing


Oklahoma's Billion-Dollar Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust


A Primer for Understanding Oklahoma's School Funding System