Category Archives: State

OK Senate approves work for Medicaid

To strengthen Oklahoma families and the state’s economy, the Senate approved legislation Wednesday to establish work or training requirements to participate in the SoonerCare Medicaid program.  House Bill 2932, authored by Sen. Adam Pugh and Rep. Glen Mulready, would instruct the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to seek waiver authority to modify Medicaid eligibility criteria to require documentation of the same education, skills, training, work or job activities currently required by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Continue reading

Finally, Back to School

Rep. Chuck and Angela Strohm (Tulsa Dist. 69)

While milling around at church after Easter Service, I was asked the following question: “What can we pray about so that the legislature is willing to fix the injustice that has been done to our teachers?”

At that very moment, I realized that the legislature and the governor have lost the discussion. We have failed at getting the truth about education out to the public.

When normal people believe that our teachers are victims of “injustice” perpetrated by the legislature, the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) has won the discussion. Continue reading

OK AG Hunter releases Tar Creek Audits

Attorney General Mike Hunter today requested and received approval from Judge Thomas Prince, who presides over the state’s Multicounty Grand Jury (MCGJ), to release the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust (LICRAT) audits that were requested by the state’s previous attorney general in 2011. Continue reading

Oklahoma: 2018’s 7th most stressed state

With April being Stress Awareness Month and American stress levels on the rise since 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most & Least Stressed States.

To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 38 key metrics. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleepContinue reading

If teachers walk: Keep walking

Editorial: If teachers walk-out of classrooms after last week’s $400 million (or more) in new taxes to fund a $6,100 teacher pay raise (on average), $33 million for textbooks and $18 million in additional school funding… they should all be fired.

Education reform was absent in the package. Oklahoma suffers over 500 school districts, half a hundred small institutions of higher education (an apparent retirement system for politicians) and teacher unions best described as Marxist.  Continue reading