"Opponent faults Lamb in Oklahoma revenue crisis," a Tulsa World headline writer informs us. But who says there's a revenue "crisis"?

Granted, state appropriations are down. But state appropriations make up only a portion of total state government spending. Total state spending is in fact at an all-time high. It’s nearly $4 billion higher than it was a decade ago. Truly, some of us would regard this as a crisis, but I sorta doubt that's what the Tulsa World has in mind. Likewise, I doubt they're referring to the crisis wherein the growth in government compensation persistently outpaces the growth in Oklahoma's private sector.

As long as journalists (including headline writers) continue to take sides on policy disputes, they will continue to have trust issues.

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