Business & Industry

When deciding where to locate or expand, companies consider numerous factors including a state’s tax policies, regulations, legal climate and cost of labor. While Oklahoma has made marked improvements in recent years, our business climate is still lacking in many areas. Our research highlights key business data, assesses the economic impact of various industries and identifies ways to encourage growth.



Issue Brief: Medical Marijuana and the 2019 Legislative Session

Issue Brief: Medical Marijuana and the 2019 Legislative Session

November 16, 2018

The passage of State Question 788 in June 2018 made Oklahoma the 31st of 33 states to legalize medical marijuana. The quick implementation timeline of SQ 788, the controversy surrounding the Department of Health’s rules for the medical marijuana program, and the continued federal prohibition on marijuana raise a number of questions that legislators should address during the upcoming Legislative Session. 

Issue Brief: Federal Trade and Tariffs

Issue Brief: Federal Trade and Tariffs

September 04, 2018

In early 2018, the Trump Administration began imposing tariffs on a number of foreign goods and products in response to perceived trade deficits and unfair trading practices by foreign nations. The economies of Oklahoma and the United States as a whole are extremely dependent upon foreign trade, and the threats of retaliatory actions by foreign trading partners have the potential to slow or inhibit economic growth.