OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, has requested Oklahoma House staff to draft legislation designed to limit the amount of tax dollars spent on the salaries of statewide elected officials, agency heads, and other highly compensated governmental employees.
Sales tax numbers continue to be encouraging for the City of Guthrie.
OKLAHOMA CITY –State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, had strong words after the Oklahoma State Board of Health (OSDH) approved a salary of nearly $200,000 for Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger. He was appointed to the role in October after officials at the Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) mismanaged at least $30 million.
Year-to-date shows small increase of only 2.9%
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in December were $512.6 million and came in at $36.6 million, or 7.7 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $93.1 million, or 22.2 percent above collections in December of 2016. Total collections over the first six months of the fiscal year were $2.7 billion which is $75.2 […]
Every so often, I field this question from those who are interested in state government: “How can I see state finances?”
General Hunter: Corporate savings should be passed on to Oklahoma customers
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed five motions with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), asking for an immediate reduction in customer rates from the state’s leading utility companies.
(Oklahoma City) The OERB is announcing a $2 million grant that will bolster science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) materials and equipment in every Oklahoma school district.
Year-to-date comes in slightly above estimate at 1.8%
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in November were $390.6 million and came in at $28.7 million, or 7.9 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $48.2 million, or 14.1 percent above collections in November of 2016. Total collections over the first five months of the fiscal year were $2.2 billion which is $38.6 […]
From left to right: Len Tontz, Central Trustee; Monika Lamb, God's Food Bank Board Member; and Chuck Lamb, God's Food Bank Board Member and Parliamentarian.
The Community Foundation of Central Electric Cooperative board recently approved a $1,500 grant to God’s Food Bank. The grant will help provide holiday grocery items for families and individuals in Logan County.
Includes staff raises, 2 medium-security prisons, expanded programs
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will request $1.53 billion in state funding for Fiscal Year 2019, including $813 million for two new medium security prisons. Other priorities include support to expand re-entry, mental health and substance abuse programs, officials announced.
Preserves funding for cre Health, Human Services
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin this evening vetoed most of the revised budget bill approved by legislators in special session. She kept intact parts of the bill that temporarily preserve funding for key health and human services until lawmakers return in another special session to approve long-term funding solutions.
No indication current trend to yield significant growth in next fiscal year
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in October were $436.4 million and came $2.5 million, 0.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. Coincidentally, the year-to-date estimate also came in above by 0.6 percent. There was improvement in nearly every category from last year, as expected.
Every so often a member of the local constituency inquires about the impact of Oklahoma lottery proceeds upon common education.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s State Pension Systems achieved substantial gains during the past fiscal year, according to actuarial reports presented during State Rep. Randy McDaniel’s interim study Wednesday.“The noteworthy results are the product of collaboration and hard work,” said McDaniel, R-Edmond. “The improvement is valuable to those counting on the durability of the pension systems […]
Recovery continues to be slow, steady
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in September were $505.1 million and came in flat when compared with the monthly estimate. However, collections to the GRF were $52.4 million, or 11.6 percent, higher than prior year collections for September.
With a recommendation from the Park Board, the Guthrie city council unanimously approved preliminary and final phase design to begin for Banner Park, which would bring a playground, picnic areas and the City’s first splash pad to the west side of town.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $310,996.00 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to Guthrie Fire-EMS. The money will be used to purchasing lifesaving emergency medical equipment for the department’s ambulances and rescue vehicles, according to Fire Chief Eric Harlow.
Logan County elected officials came to an agreement Wednesday morning on the 2017-18 budget. The department heads needed to find and cut $351,616.70 to meet the estimated available funds.
One by one, the new fleet of patrol vehicles for the Guthrie Police Department made their way down Oklahoma Ave. as they draw closer from hitting the streets. The police department, who has been dealing with fleet issues for years, held a photo shoot for the 10 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit units at the Masonic […]
Beginning Oct. 1, many child support customers will see a new fee withheld from their child support payments. Child Support Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, will charge 3 percent, up to $10 per month, on child support collections. The new fee is expected to generate about $1 million this year […]