Cronyism

From corporate favoritism to licensing and regulation, government should, by and large, get out of the way of the economy, rather than trying to manipulate it so they can take credit when it succeeds.

Certificate of Need (CON)

Certificate of Need (CON) laws force new providers to obtain government permission to enter a market. 

Corporate Favoritism

Corporate Favoritism occurs when some businesses receive special, favorable treatment in tax law, regulation, or subsidies that other businesses do not receive. The 1889 Institute is compiling a catalog of these special favors provided in Oklahoma.

Occupational Licensing

Occupational Licensing limits work opportunity, redistributes income from lower to higher income individuals, increases the cost of living, limits innovation, and leads to more licensing.

Regulation

Regulation can be used as a weapon against potential competition by making it more difficult to enter markets and compete.

Tax Increment Finance Districts

Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFS) ​redirect general community sales and property taxes to projects directed by the TIF. TIFs scavenge jobs from other communities and other areas within a community.

Government Privilege and Abuse

Government Privilege and Abuse, an especially pernicious form of cronyism, occurs when government agencies’ powers exceed what is reasonable and proper under state and federal constitutions and in a free society.

Oklahoma’s Quick Action Closing Fund
Tyler Williamson
October 20, 2021
Making Government Work: A Proposed Amendment to State Constitutions
Mike Davis
October 6, 2021
Disbarred: A Nationwide Analysis of the Impact of Mandatory…
Tyler Williamson
September 22, 2021
Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United…
1889 Institute
July 31, 2021
Rethinking Emergency Powers in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
July 21, 2021
Oklahoma’s “Quality Jobs” Programs
Byron Schlomach
June 11, 2021
Oklahoma’s Aerospace Industry Engineer Workforce Tax Credits
Spencer Cadavero
April 21, 2021
Corporate Welfare Directory: Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate
Tyler Williamson
April 7, 2021
Dental Assistant Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
March 3, 2021
Plumber Licensing in Oklahoma
Tyler Williamson
January 6, 2021
The Inadequacy of Attorney General Oversight as a Guard…
Mike Davis
December 20, 2020
Liberate Oklahoma from Public Sector Union Domination
Benjamin Lepak
November 23, 2020
Make Social Distancing Restrictions Voluntary
1889 Institute
November 16, 2020
Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United…
Benjamin Lepak
October 26, 2020
Policymaker’s Guide to Evaluating Corporate Welfare
Tyler Williamson
September 30, 2020
Long-Term Care Admin Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
August 19, 2020
Real Estate Agent Licensing in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
August 5, 2020
A Vision for Transparency
Byron Schlomach
July 15, 2020
Recreation Therapy Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
June 17, 2020
An Argument that Oklahoma’s Mayors Acted Unlawfully During…
Benjamin Lepak
May 27, 2020
Used Car Dealer Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
April 8, 2020
Breaking the ABA’s Law School Cartel: A Proposal…
Benjamin Lepak
March 25, 2020
“Food Deserts” – Health Crisis or Mere Inconvenience?
Mike Davis
March 2, 2020
Private Investigator Licensing in Oklahoma
Spencer Cadavero
February 4, 2020
Fully Loaded: Oklahoma’s Car Dealer Licensing Cartel
Mike Davis
November 22, 2019
New Car Dealer Licensing in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
November 13, 2019
Taming Judicial Overreach: 12 Actions the Legislature Can Take Immediately
Benjamin Lepak
October 23, 2019
Perfusionist Licensing in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
September 18, 2019
Legislators in Black Robes: Unelected Lawmaking by the Oklahoma…
Benjamin Lepak
September 4, 2019
Massage Therapy Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
August 20, 2019
Abstracting: Licensure and Regulatory Impacts in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
August 7, 2019
Polygraph Examiner Licensure in Oklahoma
Luke Tucker
July 24, 2019
Athletic Trainer Licensure in Oklahoma
Benjamin Lepak
April 16, 2019
Multilateral Disarmament: A State Compact to End Corporate Welfare
Byron Schlomach
April 3, 2019
Well Begun is (Only) Half Done: The Supreme Court’…
Mike Davis
March 6, 2019
Music Therapist Licensure in Oklahoma
Benjamin Lepak
February 26, 2019
The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Unchecked Abuse of Power…
Benjamin Lepak
February 6, 2019
Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United…
Benjamin Lepak
January 2, 2019
Locksmith Licensure in Oklahoma
Mike Davis
December 19, 2018
A Win-Win for Consumers and Professionals Alike: An Alternative…
Byron Schlomach
November 15, 2018
Baked-In Corruption: The Need to Reform Boards and Commissions
Byron Schlomach
May 22, 2018
Social Worker Licensure in Oklahoma
Byron Schlomach
April 25, 2018
​Pedorthist (Custom Orthotics, etc.) Licensure in Oklahoma
Byron Schlomach
February 23, 2018
Annotated Summary of the Occupational Licensing Task Force Report
Byron Schlomach
February 22, 2018
Electrologist (Hair Removal) Licensure in Oklahoma
Byron Schlomach
January 3, 2018
Funeral Director and Embalmer Licensure in Oklahoma
Byron Schlomach
June 12, 2017
Wind Energy in Oklahoma: A Costly Solution in Search…
1889 Institute
April 11, 2017
Critique of the Incentive Evaluation Commission's Tax Incentive Evaluation…
Byron Schlomach
March 15, 2017
Barbering and Cosmetology Licensure in Oklahoma
Byron Schlomach
March 9, 2017
Policy Maker's Guide to Evaluating Proposed and Existing Occupational…
Byron Schlomach
February 22, 2017
Rising Above Mere Politics: General Principles for Spending Taxpayers'…
Byron Schlomach
February 1, 2017
The Need to Review and Reform Occupational Licensing in…
Byron Schlomach
September 29, 2016
Tax Increment Finance and Suggestions for Reform
Byron Schlomach
August 22, 2016
Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFs)
Byron Schlomach
August 1, 2016
Wind Energy Tax Credits
Byron Schlomach
April 1, 2016
Oklahoma's Billion-Dollar Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
Byron Schlomach
November 10, 2015
Certificates of Need: An Oklahoma CON that Needs Repealing
Byron Schlomach
November 1, 2015