OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh has placed the agency on a hiring freeze for most positions, citing uncertainty over Fiscal Year 2018 budget cuts after the failure of this week’s Step Up Oklahoma proposal in the State House of Representatives.
First seven months of fiscal year only 3.9 percent above estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in January were $596 million and came in at $47.2 million, or 8.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $90.8 million, or 18.0 percent, above collections in January of 2017.
Oklahoma City—A first-ever report of its kind studying the national trend of rising numbers of children in state foster care as well as the concurrent decrease in the numbers of foster homes shows Oklahoma had the greatest increase in foster care capacity in the nation.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 22, 2018) – Teacher pay and education funding are among the chief reasons former Oklahoma educators have left the classroom, according to a comprehensive survey released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister discussed the findings Monday at a news conference at OSDE.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Tom Gann, Rick West and Kevin Calvey have co-authored House Bill 8384, legislation that would require the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) to raise Oklahoma teacher salaries by $5,000 starting next school year using part of the almost $2.4 billion currently in the CLO fund.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its annual inmate census report detailing federal/state inmate populations and incarceration rates for 2016.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has reappointed Clay Bennett to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma (OU).
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today set a June election date for the medical marijuana ballot measure.
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.
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools continued to rise in 2017, increasing by more than 1,000 from the previous year.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Almost 200 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments two years after successful legislation eliminated the age limit for new volunteers.
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.
Implementing administrative costs consolidation of colleges, schools included
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today took steps to address bringing more efficiency in state spending, as was listed in her recent special legislative session call.
Mautra S. Jones succeeds former board member Scott Williams
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Fallin today announced she has appointed Mautra S. Jones to the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Board of Directors. She fills the seat vacated by Scott Williams, who tendered his resignation as a member of the OJA governing board in September.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced today the agency will not have to reduce or eliminate service programs for seniors and people with disabilities on December 1 and January 1 as previously planned. Governor Mary Fallin approved $26.9 million in short-term funding for the agency when she kept intact parts of the revised budget bill on November 17. […]
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.