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April 16, 2019

See/hear Ben Lepak's remarks during the Mark Janus event partly sponsored by the 1889 Institute.


April 14, 2019

Read Oklahoma's City Sentinal story on the 1889 Institute's joint publication with the Mackinac Center regarding Corporate Welfare.


April 12, 2019

Read Byron Schlomach's Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal (gated) calling for Congress to act to end corporate welfare.


April 1, 2019

Read about the 1889 Institute's joint publication with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Multilateral Disarmament: A State Compact to End Corporate Welfare," in the Grand Haven Tribune (Michigan) Daily News blog.


March 29, 2019

See Byron Schlomach's comments on overcredentialing in state government in a story on Fox 25 News in OKC.


March 29, 2019

Read about the 1889 Institute's joint publication with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Multilateral Disarmament: A State Compact to End Corporate Welfare," in the Midland (Michigan) Daily News blog.


March 18, 2019

Read Ben Lepak's commentary, The Case for Rural Support of Judicial Redistricting, from the Enid News & Eagle.


March 9, 2019

Read reference to Ben Lepak's work on Oklahoma Supreme Court Redistricting in the Tulsa World.  


February 28, 2019

See Mike Davis' comments on Oklahoma's crime labs partial funding by fees conditioned on convictions and the poor incentives this creates in a story on Fox 25 News in OKC.


February 8, 2019

Read Ben Lepak's commentary in the Tulsa World regarding the need to change the Oklahoma Supreme Court's districts that determine who is eligible to serve as a state justice.


February 5, 2019

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary in the Tulsa World regarding the Oklahoma’s legislature’s closed committee hearing process. 


December 16, 2018

Read "Distracted by a Mouse," Byron Schlomach's letter to the editor in the Oklahoman regarding the need to break up large school districts.


November 20, 2018

Read The Oklahoman's lead editorial on the 1889 Institute's report, A Win-Win for Consumers and Professionals Alike, co-published with the Goldwater Institute.


September 4, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's commentary on Oklahoma's pre-K program in the Journal-Record, the Muskogee Politico blog, and the Guthrie News Leader.


September 2, 2018

Listen to Byron Schlomach's appearance on Liberty Watch Radio with Charles Heller out of Tucson, AZ.
 

August 8, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's commentary, "Lawmakers, Stop Hiding Information," in The Journal Record.


July 30, 2018

OCPA's Brandon Dutcher makes mention of 1889 research and quotes Senior Fellow Vance Fried in a blog post on the website, educationpost.


July 29, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's letter to the editor on Oklahoma City's light rail in The Oklahoman.


July 26, 2018

Read the Guthrie News Leader's article on 1889's Straight Talk on Education publication.


July 25, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's comments regarding Oklahoma's management of coal ash disposal in an article by the Heartland Institute.


July 24, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's commentary, "Crony Capitalism Is Just Socialism Lite" in The Hill​.


July 24, 2018

Read Byron Schlomach's commentary, "Stillwater's TIF Tiff" in the Stillwater News Press (Stillwater, OK).


July 10, 2018

Read quotes from 1889's "Baked-In Corruption" report regarding the need to move school board elections to a different date in a lead editorial from the Oklahoman.

Press Releases

1889 Institute Calls for End to Athletic Trainer Licensing - April 16, 2019 - There is no public interest justification for continued licensure of athletic trainers. Only 38 of Oklahoma's 77 counties have licensed athletic trainers. The law creates a perverse incentive for unlicensed individuals acting as trainers, which obviously regularly occurs, to avoid obtaining the advice of physicians. Neither of two conditions that must simultaneously exist to justify occupational licensing are present for athletic trainers. These are, first, that there must be real, significant risk for patrons, and, second, there must be little or no market and legal incentives for service providers to take proper precautions.  To download a copy of the press release, click here . To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Athletic Trainer Licensure in Oklahoma.

 

How to Put an End to Corporate Welfare - April 3, 2019 -  Government support for businesses through subsidies and other special treatment, commonly referred to as corporate welfare, has proven time and again to be an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. But the practice persists, with policymakers claiming they cannot give up these “tools” to compete with other states for business development. The study published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and 1889 Institute, proposes a solution to this “collective action” problem and shows how states can join together to end corporate handouts once and for all.  The states with the most corporate welfare, as measured as a percent of state GDP, are Alaska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Hawaii. Oklahoma ranks 9th among the states in the percentage of its state GDP handed out as corporate welfare, a dubious position to be in, but nevertheless, already in the top 10. 

 To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title:   Multilateral Disarmament: A State Compact to End Corporate Welfare 


1889 Institute Calls for State Jobs Audit - March 26, 2019 - The 1889 Institute finds that state job postings often require, or express a preference for, levels of education for applicants that are greater than necessary. This credential inflation, present in the private sector, is especially damaging in the public sector where the cost of inefficiencies can often be passed on to taxpayers. In addition to a job and skills audit of state positions, the authors  suggest that job skill requirements be evaluated for how much formal education is needed. 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: The Need for a Knowledge and Skills Audit of State Government Jobs.


1889 Institute Argues Against Medicaid Expansion - March 18, 2019 - In analyzing the possibility of expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma, regardless of how it is done, three broad issues emerge. First, advocates exaggerate need but minimize fiscal risks. Second, Obamacare Medicaid expansion would only exacerbate the health care price spiral above general inflation. And third, while expansion would enrich the already-rich health industry, Oklahoma would be prevented from efficiently and effectively solving its own problems. It argues that Obamacare Medicaid expansion would make Oklahomans more dependent than citizens of other states and that expansion risks larger cuts in education and other programs when the state suffers revenue shortfalls. 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: Still a Bad Idea


1889 Institute Calls for Ban of Civil Asset Forfeiture - March 6, 2019 - The United States Supreme Court recently held that the protection against excessive fines, enshrined in the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, applies to state governments, not only to the federal government. It also notes that the practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture can run afoul of this vital constitutional protection. In a new legal analysis, the 1889 Institute gives a brief summary of the decision and an analysis of what comes next. The piece recommends that Oklahoma, which will be bound by the court’s decision, ban the abusive practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture, and realign incentives to avoid corrupt revenue measures like fines and fees that help to fund the agencies charged with enforcing them. 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Well Begun is (Only) Half Done in Oklahoma. 


1889 Institute Calls for End to Music Therapist Licensing - February 26, 2019 - There is no public interest justification for continued licensure of music therapists. Only 10 states regulate music therapists at all, and 2 of these only require registration. Neither of two conditions that must simultaneously exist to justify occupational licensing are present for music therapists. These are, first, that there must be real, significant risk for patrons, and, second, there must be little or no market and legal incentives for service providers to take proper precautions. 
To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Music Therapist Licensure in Oklahoma.


1889 Institute Recommends Top-Ten State Rankings Worth Pursuing - February 20, 2019 -  This publication identifies ten broad policy categories worth pursuing by a state looking for top-ten status. Specific valid metrics for which states can be meaningfully ranked are identified for each category. Also highlighted are some specific rankings which are popular and often cited by media, but which are not valid for public policy purposes.  The ten areas where state government can at least indirectly have a measurable, positive impact, as identified by the 1889 Institute, are: education, economic well-being, economic neutrality, government efficiency and accountability, regulation, health, transportation effectiveness, court systems, public safety, and recreation. 

To download a pdf copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Ten Top Tens: State Rankings Worth Pursuing


1889 Institute Brings Attention to Oklahoma Supreme Court's Unconstitutional Actions - February 6, 2019 -  This study indicts all three branches of government in Oklahoma, but especially the state’s Supreme Court, for violating basic principles of American liberty and governance. This is due to the Oklahoma Supreme Court commandeering legislative and executive powers when, in 1939, it unilaterally declared for itself the sole power to authorize and administer the regulation of attorneys in the state. In response to this invasion into their reserved constitutional spheres, the other two branches did nothing. The Oklahoma Supreme Court also delegated its self-declared authority to license attorneys to a private organization, the Oklahoma Bar Association, creating a cloistered, autocratic attorney licensing system answerable only to itself.

To download a pdf copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Unchecked Abuse of Power in Attorney Regulation 


1889 Institute Calls for End to Locksmith Licensing - December 19, 2018 - There is no public interest justification for continued licensure of locksmiths. Only 15 states regulate locksmiths at all, and 5 of these only require registration. Oklahoma is the only state to require a locksmith to be a minimum of 21 years of age. Neither of two conditions that must simultaneously exist to justify occupational licensing are present for locksmiths. These are, first, that there must be real, significant risk for patrons, and, second, there must be little or no market and legal incentives for service providers to take proper precautions. 
To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Locksmith Licensure in Oklahoma.


1889 Institute and Goldwater Institute (Phoenix, AZ) Jointly Publish an Alternative to Occupational Licensing - November 15, 2018 - coauthored by Byron Schlomach (1889 Institute), Christina Sandefur (Goldwater Institute) and Murray Feldstein (Goldwater Institute) and published jointly with the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, AZ, this plan provides model bill language for states to create a more competitive and open system of professional credentialing. Private certification, as outlined and described, would provide for competitive credentialing that would lower prices of services for consumers and provide them better information, as well as create more opportunity for potential service providers, as compared to licensing.
To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: A Win-Win for Consumers and Professionals Alike: An Alternative to Occupational Licensing.


1889 Institute Adds Research Fellow to Staff - November 5, 2018 - The 1889 Institute welcomes Michael R. Davis to its team. He will serve as the Institute's Legal Fellow, a position designed to expand the Institute's impact devising policies that benefit all Oklahomans and help to make the state more prosperous. Mike will work in a variety of policy areas, including using his skills as an attorney to assist the Institute's Legal Fellow. 
For more on Michael Davis's background and the Research Fellow position, click here for a copy of the press release.

1889 Institute Adds Legal Fellow to Staff - October 1, 2018 - The 1889 Institute welcomes Benjamin Lepak to its team. He will serve as the Institute's Legal Fellow, a position designed to move the policy conversation in the state increasingly toward fidelity to the rule of law. There are no plans for the 1889 Institute’s Legal Fellow to litigate. Lepak’s responsibilities include research into whether state and local policy practices are fully consistent with the state constitution and have a true basis in written law.

For more on Benjamin Lepak's background and the Legal Fellow position, click here for a copy of the press release.


1889 Institute publishes "Straight Talk on Public Education"- July 25, 2018 - a compilation of historical and current Oklahoma and national public education statistics as well as a short history of public education in the United States, in an effort to counter some of the mythology that has arisen around public education. It looks at statistics and history objectively, leading to basic, inevitable conclusions. For example: from 1950 to 2000, real spending per student rose 200 percent; real teacher salaries rose 33 percent; in 2017, only 16 percent of Oklahoma’s high school seniors were college-ready on all four of ACT’s benchmarks while 42 percent of seniors did not meet a single college-ready benchmark; and the system has been shamed, prodded, threatened, begged, encouraged, asked, sued, pandered to, and bribed.

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Straight Talk on Public Education. Click for Summary, Part 1 and Summary, Part 2.


1889 Institute calls for restructuring boards and commissions- May 29, 2018 - Legislatures give too little thought to the institutional structures of boards and commissions. Special interests are given outsize representation on bodies intended to regulate those very interests. The result is that the regulated become the regulators. Legislatures must stop creating governance structures where conflicts of interest, self-dealing, and groupthink are to be expected

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Baked-In Corruption: The Need to Reform Boards and Commissions. Click here for a summary.


​1889 Institute calls for end to most social worker licensing - April 25, 2018 - There is no public interest justification for continued licensure of most social workers. Most states do not require social workers with a bachelor's degree to be licensed, with Oklahoma being an exception. Only clinical social workers practice independently and since their scope of practice overlaps that of licensed psychologists, we do not call for an end licensing clinical social workers. Otherwise, neither of two conditions that must simultaneously exist to justify occupational licensing are present for social workers. These are, first, that there must be real, significant risk for patrons, and, second, there must be little or no market and legal incentives for service providers to take proper precautions. 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Social Worker Licensure in Oklahoma.


1889 Institute points out that school districts control their destiny - March 29, 2018 - School districts now have the power to free themselves of many of the rules and regulations imposed by the state. Local school boards can unilaterally designate all, or any part, of a school that they oversee as a conversion school, which subject to the same laws as a charter school, but does not have an independent board. Unlike a charter, the district maintains full control and funding is unaffected. The conversion school law opens up many opportunities for innovation, one being teacher managed micro-schools. A district could designate rooms in existing schools as part of a conversion school and allow qualified teachers to create their own one-room micro-schools with reimbursement by the district on a per-student basis. 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Conversion Schools: Local Districts Have No Excuse. Click here for a summary.