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Press Releases

August 15, 2020

Read Mike Davis’s commentary, “Words must have meaning if civilization is to survive” in the Muskogee Politico.

August 6, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary, “Sell unneeded state assets to shore up state pensions” in the Muskogee Politico, also in Yukon Review, El Reno Tribune, and Poteau Daily News.

July 15, 2020

Read Spencer Cadavero’s commentary, “The Truth About COVID-19 – Better than you think” in the Muskogee Politico, also in Purcell Register.

July 9, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary, “A Judicial Attack on Election Integrity” in the Muskogee Politico, also in The Canton TimesSkiatook JournalYukon Review, The Dewey County RecordThe Hennessey Clipper, and The Okeene Record.

June 29, 2020

Read Mike Davis’s commentary, “Words must have meaning if civilization is to survive” in the Muskogee Politico, also in The Canton TimesSkiatook JournalYukon Review, The Dewey County RecordThe Hennessey Clipper, and The Okeene Record.

June 17, 2020

Read Mike Davis’s commentary, “This is Too Serious for Nonsense like Defund the Police” in the The Canton Times, also in Muskogee Politico, Skiatook JournalYukon Review, The Dewey County RecordThe Hennessey Clipper, and The Okeene Record. 

June 10, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary, “No Tough Budgeting Decisions during COVID-19” in the Sand Springs Leader, also in Muskogee Politico, Poteau Daily News, and Skiatook Journal.

June 4, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary, “Excessive Credentialing Wastes Talent, Limits Opportunity” in The Canton Times, also in The Thomas TribuneThe Dewey Country RecordThe Hennessey Clipper, and The Okeene Record, as well as in Muskogee Politico.

May 30, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary, “Oklahoma Mayors’ Virus Orders Were Unlawful” in The Oklahoman.

May 9, 2020

Read Mike Davis’s commentary, “Too Late to Correct Quarantine Mistakes, but Never Too Late to Learn from Them” in the Muskogee Politico.

May 5, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary, “Oklahoma is OK, but Seriously, That’s Not OK,” in the Skiatook Journal, also printed in the Sand Springs Leader and the Muskogee Politico.

April 26, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s letter to the editor, “State high Court Overstepped Its Authority,” in The Oklahoman.

April 9, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary, “COVID-19 Shows Social Services First, Education Second” in The Oklahoman.

April 7, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary published by Grand Lake News, “In the Midst of a Concussion Crisis, Why Does Oklahoma Artificially Limit the Number of Athletic Trainers?”

March 26, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s comments regarding the closure of Oklahoma schools due to COVID-19 in numerous publications, including theAda NewstheDuncan BannertheJoplin GlobetheMuskogee PhoenixtheEnid News & EaglethePauls Valley DemocrattheMcAlester News-CapitalVance Airscoop, the Norman Transcript, theStillwater Newspress, and others. 

March 24, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s comments regarding the overkill of the government’s response to COVID-19 in theTulsa World.

March 18, 2020

Read Mike Davis’ commentary published by the Skiatook Journal and others, “What’s So Bad About Occupational Licensing.”

March 7, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary published by Muskogee Politico and the Guymon Daily Herald, “Strange But True: Socialism Fails.”

March 6, 2020

Read Mike Davis’ commentary published by the Guymon Daily Herald and the Skiatook Journal, “Spending It Like They Stole It.”

March 6, 2020

Read Mike Davis’ commentary published by Muskogee Politico, the Talihina American, and Clayton Times, “’Food Deserts’ Are Not a Crisis.” 

February 19, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s comment regarding the idea of free bus transit in an article in The Hill.

February 18, 2020

Read Mike Davis’ commentary published by the Skiatook Journal regarding the right way to measure success for the state’s top-ten status.

February 5, 2020

Read Mike Davis’ commentary published by the Skiatook Journal calling for giving the legislature to eliminate what are apparently illegal residency requirements in state licensing and business regulation laws.

February 5, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s remarks in a story about Governor Stitt’s edict requiring two regulations be eliminated for every new regulation created published by the Tahlequah Daily Press.

January 28, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary published by the Skiatook Journal calling for giving the governor more authority over state agencies, especially the State Department of Education.

January 26, 2020

Read Ben Lepak’s commentary published by the Muskogee Politico calling for giving the governor more authority over state agencies, especially the State Department of Education.

January 22, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary published by the Skiatook Journal calling for full gambling legalization given the controversy over the state’s tribal gambling compact.

 January 17, 2020

Read Byron Schlomach’s commentary published by the Muskogee Politico calling for full gambling legalization given the controversy over the state’s tribal gambling compact.

December 26, 2019

The Oklahoma Eagle has reprinted an article by OCPA’s Ray Carter quoting 1889’s Ben Lepak criticizing Oklahoma’s judicial selection process.

November 17, 2019

CapitolBeat‘s coverage of 1889’s criticism of Oklahoma’s new car dealer law.

November 11, 2019

Read Ben Lepak’s comments regarding golfing on a Wednesday by school administrators, provided by a law firm in a story by OCPA.

October 23, 2019

See Fox 25’s report on 1889’s study regarding how the Oklahoma City school district is neglecting to provide classroom basics.

Professional Teacher Charter Schools: Proposal with Model Legislation – August 21, 2020 – Free teachers to act as true education practitioners. An 1889 Institute paper explains why teachers should have the same freedom to start and run their own practice as other professionals do. The paper also provides model legislation to accomplish that end.

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Professional Teacher Charter Schools: Proposal with Model Legislation.

Policymaker’s Guide to Evaluating Corporate Welfare – September 30, 2020 – Oklahoma is a top-ten state in handing out corporate welfare. An 1889 Institute paper provides a guide for how policymakers can identify corporate welfare. The paper also provides suggestions for eliminating corporate welfare altogether and competing with other states.

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Policymaker’s Guide to Evaluating Corporate Welfare.

Real Estate Agent Licensing: Fake Consumer Protection – August 5, 2020 – Real estate agent licensing may well be the worst example of a licensing law designed to protect practitioners from consumers rather than the other way around that the 1889 Institute has reviewed so far. While real estate salesmen in Oklahoma are actually brokers, without an agent’ usual fiduciary duties to buyers, the law explicitly allows these brokers to use the term, “agent.”

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, clock on the title: Real Estate Licensing in Oklahoma.

 

A Vision for Transparency – July 15, 2020 – Government transparency has not had the impact it could have had due to how it has been implemented. An 1889 Institute paper lays out a roadmap for how to make transparency work for everyone, especially citizens who are entitled to know who governs them and how their money is being spent.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: A Vision for Transparency.

 

Covid-19 Facts and Statistics – July 10, 2020 –  The 1889 Institute has published a new webpage on its website explicitly about Covid-19 (https://1889institute.org/covid-19). Its purpose is to provide the best current information for dealing with the pandemic to the general public and policy makers. It also tracks official new daily positive tests and daily deaths, showing trends in the data. 

 

Another Foul Out with Recreational Therapy Licensing – June 17, 2020 –  1889 Institute intern Luke Tucker asks why Oklahoma would be one of only four states to license recreational therapists, requiring a four-year degree for a profession that only requires patience and good health since recreation therapists do not diagnose, prescribe, or do any invasive procedure.  

 

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

 

Oklahoma’s Mayors Acted Unlawfully with COVID-19 Orders – May 27, 2020 – The 1889 Institute’s Legal Fellow lays out a legal argument for why the mayors of Oklahoma’s three largest cities acted unlawfully, exceeding their legal authority under state law, when their shutdown orders during the COVID-19 outbreak exceeded those of the governor’s in severity. 

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: An Argument that Oklahoma’s Mayors Acted Unlawfully During COVID-19

 

More Education Reforms to Make a Difference – May 13, 2020 –  This new publication proposes additional fundamental education-system reforms along the lines of those from a January publication. Past education reforms have shattered on education’s iron triangle of selfishly-interested parties interested in preserving the system from which they profit. Only more fundamental institutional reforms that weaken the triangle have a chance of improving educational outcomes. Six reforms are recommended.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: More Education Reforms to Make a Difference

 

Implement Effective Education Reform – April 22, 2020 –  Past education reform efforts have not succeeded due to their top-down nature. Instead, a new paper argues what is needed is to take account the efforts of those who are actually doing the work, teachers. It proposes a reform to publicly reimburse the best teachers who can show the financial wherewithal to establish their own educational practices as professional education practitioners.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: America’s War for Effective Education Reform.

 

End Used Car Dealer Licensing – April 8, 2020 – As with other licensing regimes, though the regulation is ostensibly for the purpose of protecting the general public, it is the profession’s insiders who do the regulating. Consequently, consumers are more likely to be taken advantage of by the regulation than to be protected.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Used Car Dealer Licensing in Oklahoma 

 

Dump ABA Accreditation of Law Schools – March 25, 2020 – The ABA is joined by only 14 percent of lawyers, but because 47 states require individuals to attend ABA-accredited law schools to be licensed as attorneys, the ABA exercises outsize influence over our government. The is paper recommends dropping the accredited law school requirement and increasing the relevance and rigor of the bar exam.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Breaking the ABA’s Law School Cartel: A Proposal to Make Oklahoma Top-Ten in Innovative Lawyer Education 

 

Statement Regarding School Closures in Response to Covid-19 – March 24, 2020 – Stop the madness. Only the most vulnerable should shelter in place. See our blog.

 

Brief on Government’s Right to Order Businesses Closed – March 19, 2020 – Unfortunately, government’s police power grants a great deal of power under the right circumstances. See our brief and blog.

 

New Tax and Spending Comparison – March 11, 2020 –  Using federal data, the Institute compares states by looking at the percentage of personal income collected in state and local government revenues and spent in six broad spending categories: higher education, public education, public welfare, hospitals, highways, and corrections. The state could save $2 billions just be becoming 10 percent more efficient.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Oklahoma Government Revenues and Spending in Perspective – Update.

 

“Food Deserts” Are Not a Crisis – March 2, 2020 – Tulsa and Oklahoma City have passed measures intended to encourage full-line grocery stores to locate in certain areas. These regulations are not only ineffective, but are detrimental and are based on policymakers’ dislike of choices people voluntarily make about their choice of food.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: “Food Deserts” – Health Crisis or Mere Inconvenience?

 

End Private Investigator Licensing – February 5, 2020 – This study makes the case for ending the licensing of private investigators in Oklahoma, a practice that only began in 1988, and makes recommendations for alternative training for armed private investigators.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Private Investigator Licensing in Oklahoma

 

Sell Unneeded State Assets to Reduce Obligations – January 22, 2020 – A new 1889 Institute study makes the case for the sale or lease of assets owned by the State of Oklahoma as a way to fund important items like underfunded pensions, infrastructure, and bonded indebtedness. The paper identifies almost $6 billion in assets the state could liquidate and lays out a process to ensure maximum returns and protection for taxpayers.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Leveraging State-Owned Assets to Fund Pensions and Meet Other Long-Term Funding Challenges

 

Education Reforms to Make a Difference – January 8, 2020 – A new 1889 Institute publication argues that education reforms in the past have shattered on education’s iron triangle of selfishly-interested parties interested in only preserving the system from which they profit. Therefore, only more fundamental institutional reforms that weaken the triangle have a chance of improving educational outcomes. Seven reforms are recommended.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Education Reforms to Make a Difference

 

Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the Case of Fleck v. Wetch – January 2, 2020 – 1889 Institute filed an amicus (or friend of the court) brief urging the Supreme Court to consider the case of a North Dakota attorney who has been forced to fund political causes he opposes through mandatory membership in the state bar association. This also occurs in Oklahoma, where attorneys are forced, by law, to join the Oklahoma Bar Association if they wish to practice in the state, violating first amendment principles.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Fleck v. Wetch Amicus Brief

 

The Case for Ending New Car Dealer Licensing – November 13, 2019 – A study of new car dealer licensing in Oklahoma shows why the licensing law should be repealed, since it is of, by, and for car dealers and not about protecting Oklahomans in general. “There may not be a clearer example of naked protectionism in the laws of Oklahoma than the protection afforded to car dealers.”

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Fully Loaded: Oklahoma’s Car Dealer Licensing Cartel 

 

Reforms Needed to Tame Oklahoma’s Overreaching Courts – October 23, 2019 – As promised in an earlier paper on the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s violations of the separation of powers, this new publication suggests a dozen reforms the Oklahoma Legislature can enact on its own to help tame the courts so that they perform their constitutionally limited role as a coequal, not superior, branch of state government.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Taming Judicial Overreach: 12 Actions the Legislature Can Take Immediately.

 

OKCPS Teachers Begging for Basics – October 9, 2019 – This publication describes how 1889 Institute staff found $34,000 in DonorsChoose solicitations by Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers for classroom necessities. These include appropriately sized chairs for an elementary library to fit existing tables, a bulb for a district-provided PowerPoint projector, and printers to take the place of broken and under-provisioned school copiers and printers. We describe why this is not a funding problem, but a prioritization problem.

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Why Are OKCPS Teachers Begging the Public for Basics?

 

Perfusionist Licensing: Endangering Patients – September 18, 2019 – For the first time in its review of licensed occupations in Oklahoma, one of the two key questions to determine if licensing is justified has been answered “yes.” But, given the civil law and market protections for heart patients, and the fact that a majority of states do not license perfusionists, Oklahoma should repeal perfusionist licensing.

 

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

 

Study Shows Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Abuse of Power – September 4, 2019 –  This study criticizes the Oklahoma Supreme Court for arbitrary rulings designed to obtain policy outcomes desired by the Court rather than interpreting and applying the law as written. It lays out how the Court has abused legal doctrines, undermining the rule of law and the principle of self-government. 

 

To download a copy of the press release, click here. To read the paper in pdf format, click on the title: Legislators in Black Robes: Unelected Lawmaking by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.