Category Archives: State

Com. Doak applauds order on health plans

Trump signs an executive order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House with Rand Paul, Mike Pence, Rep. Virginia Foxx, and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is applauding President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order that could expand the health insurance options for millions of Americans.

Specifically, President Trump has directed federal agencies to amend rules to expand access to association health plans by allowing employers to form groups across state lines and to return oversight of short-term limited duration plans to the states.      Continue reading

Call for Republicans to cut, not tax

OK Gov. Mary Fallin with David Arnett, Tulsa Today

Editorial: It is difficult when someone you have supported for years betrays foundational honor. It can cause divorce, end friendships and, in politics, generate great distain.

Sadly, as years of punditry accumulate, this writer is less likely to allow betrayal to pass without comment. The good news is that more diplomatic Republican leaders are telling the current cluster of elected how cows eat hay.   Continue reading

Line-item budgeting legislation filed

Seven members of the Oklahoma State Senate have co-authored legislation aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in exactly how tax dollars are being used by the agencies receiving the vast majority of state appropriations each year.

Senate Bill 875 requires the Legislature to approve line-item budgets for agencies appropriated over $100 million in state funds. Continue reading