Jason Murphey

Last week I wrote of the disastrous 2010 revenue grab by the Legislature. Faced with a 1.2 billion dollar budget deficit, they attempted to shake down the vending machine industry through the enactment of an increase in the vending machine tax.The…

During a recent legislative hearing, we were told of the state’s planned modernization of its human resource management system.According to state officials, the new system will provide the state with a real-time view of the state’s human capital…

If I were a sneaky out-of-state resident who desired to sabotage Oklahoma and ensure its continued dependence upon the capricious whims of the energy sector, I should think my best strategy of attack would be to propose the creation of a new Oklahoma…

It was a question proffered to me by a wise Edmond resident: “Why would you want to do that?”The Edmond resident was responding to my visits to his home as I sought his vote during my initial effort to win election to the House of Representative. His….

Over the past few months Oklahomans have been hearing about the attempt to enact a new tax on “services”. Oklahoma law has historically held services harmless from direct taxation. Those who provide services must already pay income tax on their…

Opposing the Gas Tax Increase

Over the past few days you may have seen news stories describing the impending introduction of a gas tax increase. Those who suggest Oklahoma should increase the gas tax are using the following reasoning: “Oklahoma has the one of the lowest…

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Those who have read these articles in the last few weeks may have noticed a common theme: a description of cost savings, complete with a reference to a comprehensive report that demonstrates these savings.These cost savings reports were mandated by…

Last Wednesday, Oklahoma’s Chief Information Officer told our House Government Modernization Committee that the effort to unify state government information technology assets has saved 129 million dollars. This is a significant increase over the 115……