OKLAHOMA CITY – Superintendents are starting to join with state representatives to ask for passage of House Bill 1482, which would restore protections for children and the places where they gather, such as schools, daycares and parks.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Casey Murdock today praised the passage of his Blue Lives Matter Bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Judiciary – Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in January missed the official monthly estimate by 3.4 percent and were 2.8 percent below the estimate for the first seven months of the fiscal year as sales tax receipts fell below projections and corporate income tax collections continued to show their volatility.
By Governor Mary Fallin Earlier this month, I introduced a plan to stabilize our state by beginning true, meaningful budget reforms and modernizing our state’s tax laws. It cuts some taxes and raises others. To help our families, I proposed eliminating the state sales tax on groceries, which is expected to result in annual savings […]
OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 10, 2017) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that Oklahoma high schools will soon have the opportunity to offer a course designed to dramatically reduce math remediation at state colleges and universities.
OKLAHOMA CITY — In recent days, there have been reports of cities and counties worried about losing revenue from the elimination of the state sales tax on groceries. The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the Oklahoma Tax Commission would like to unequivocally state that cities and counties would still have the option […]
Caution needed as tax collections continue slid
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in December missed the official monthly estimate by 12.3 percent and are 2.7 percent below the estimate for the first six months of the fiscal year as most major tax categories lagged behind projections.
Board approves estimate showing $692M budget hole
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Board of Equalization on Wednesday approved an estimate of revenues available for the next appropriated state budget that shows a preliminary budget hole of at least $692 million.
OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time in the 49 year history of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the population of individuals who are incarcerated, on supervision or are currently in a county jail awaiting transfer has surpassed 61,000 this week.
OKLAHOMA CITY – At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the State Board of Education (SBE) today voted unanimously to approve the final recommendations of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) for a new system of assessment and accountability scheduled to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
Oklahoma City — The Department of Human Services announced this week a new initiative to more quickly and efficiently finalize adoptions for children in foster care who are legally-free. The DHS Legal Services division has created an Adoption Unit whose sole function is to assist prospective adoptive parents as they manage and finalize the adoption process […]
Sales tax collections continue slide; receipts remain below yearly estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — An unexpectedly high deposit from individual income tax collections pushed November’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) 7.3 percent above the monthly estimate, but with sales tax collections continuing to slide the total receipts for the fiscal year remained below the estimate.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans will now have access to a national service that helps them find life insurance policy benefits. The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is partnering with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to provide the free program.
The Department of Public Safety announced today they will be implementing additional cost-saving measures to make up for a budget shortfall for FY17. Effective December 1, 2016 Troopers will have a daily 100-mile restriction on OHP patrol cars. OHP aircraft flying hours will be reduced and some dispatch operations will be altered between 11 p.m. […]
Budget requests new money for employees, two new prisons, infrastructure and more
HELENA – Today, at the monthly Oklahoma Board of Corrections meeting, board members approved a $1.648 billion budget request and a list of legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins in February 2017.
OKLAHOMA CITY – General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in October missed the official estimate by 10.8 percent and fell below the estimate for the first four months of the fiscal year as oil prices remain low and sales tax collections continue to slide.
Gov. Fallin looks forward to offering comprehensive justice reform policies following passage of SQ 780
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today said that Oklahoma voters made it clear this week they want the state to redirect how it deals with drug addiction and the criminal justice system. Nearly 60 percent (58.2 percent) of voters on Tuesday voted for State Question 780, which would reduce the penalties for some nonviolent […]
Oklahoma City —The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) is accepting applications for its upcoming 20th anniversary class of 2017. OAALA provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma’s aging population.
LEXINGTON – Today, at the monthly corrections board meeting, the members of the board unanimously approved a one-time stipend for all employees at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC).
OKLAHOMA CITY – Medicare beneficiaries in Oklahoma can get free, unbiased help reviewing their Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for 2017. The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) and its partner agencies are offering the assistance during the open enrollment period. Last year, MAP counselors helped Oklahoma beneficiaries save an average of $1,900 […]