CEI Weekly: CEI Labor Project Inspires Reform in Oklahoma

Friday, February 3, 2012




Feature: The Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index has inspired new pro-taxpayer legislation.

FEATURE: CEI Labor Project Inspires Reform in Oklahoma


In 2011, CEI labor policy analysts created the Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index to measure the influence of union lobbyists on state governments. The purpose of the Index was to educate lawmakers and taxpayers about union handouts at the state level. Now, in early 2012, the Index is certainly making a difference: Oklahoma Senator David Holt is introducing legislation to empower Oklahoma taxpayers, citing his state's poor ranking on CEI's Index. Read Research Associate Jack Mann's OpenMarket commentary on Sen. Holt's announcement for more details.




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Fred L. Smith's article in Economic Affairs


McDonald's and Pepsi's Different Response to Pressure

Fred L. Smith's letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal


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Michelle Minton's op-ed in The Hill


Cuba, Where Sheep Are Trained to Venerate Wolves

Bill Frezza's column in Forbes


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Hans Bader's letter to the editor in The Richmond Times-Dispatch


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Marc Scribner's citation in Politico


How Europe Became a Dirty Word in the U.S. Election

Iain Murray's citation in BBC News







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