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.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a “Plan B” budget measure, House Bill 1019X, which now goes to the full Senate for consideration. “I’m very disappointed that we weren’t able to come to an agreement on a way to fix our structural issues within […]
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.
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Paul Jordan today announced he is canceling his interim study on the review of the impact of State Question 788 – the medical marijuana legalization initiative.
OKLAHOMA CITY – To deliver teachers a $3,000 pay raise and to prevent massive cuts to mental health and other health care services, the Oklahoma Senate in a bipartisan vote approved a resolution Thursday requesting the House of Representatives amend the budget deal to include an increase in the gross production tax of oil and […]
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.
Attorney General Hunter urges caution, offers recommendations when purchasing used cars after hurricanes
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to use extreme caution when purchasing a used vehicle that may have been damaged by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma.
Current budget situation tenuous and cash flow still an issue
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in August were $413.7 million and came in 1.9 percent higher when compared with the monthly estimate. However, collections to the GRF were $843,000, or 0.2 percent, below prior year collections for August. For the first two months of the fiscal year, total collections to the GRF were […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today said the Legislature must return in special session to deal with the $215 million shortfall caused by a proposed smoking cessation fee being struck down.
Corporate income taxes again contribute nothing to GRF
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in July were equal to the monthly estimate, while outpacing the prior year collections by 10.7 percent for the first month of the fiscal year. GRF collections in July totaled $411.4 million, which is equal to the official estimate upon which the fiscal year 2018 appropriated state budget […]
State Sen. AJ Griffin has been appointed to a panel charged with examining the prescription opioid crisis that’s claimed the lives of thousands of Oklahomans in recent years. Griffin, R-Guthrie, was the principal Senate author of legislation creating the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.
It appears the Oklahoma Legislature will be heading to a special session after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Thursday the Legislature unconstitutionally passed the $1.50-per-pack cigarette fee during the final days of this year’s session.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation has been filed that seeks to close a loophole in Oklahoma statutes that allow sex offenders to live next door or near their victim.