OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $7.6 billion general appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that gives significant funding increases for common education, mental health services, child welfare programs, and criminal justice reform.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed a bill that creates a pilot program, overseen by state agriculture officials and Oklahoma’s higher education institutions, allowing permits to grow industrial hemp.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Sean Roberts and Tess Teague filed six pieces of legislation last week aimed at maximizing classroom dollars and minimizing administrative waste. The new measures come after both lawmakers talked extensively with constituents and educators.
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in March were $405.5 million and came in at $21.4 million, or 5.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $53.5 million, or 15.2 percent, above collections in March of 2017. Total collections over the first nine months of the fiscal year were $4.0 billion which is $141.8 million, […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh today announced inert gas inhalation will be the state’s primary method of execution once a protocol is developed and finalized.
Total year-to-date estimate slightly above at 3.5%
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in February were $294.2 million and came in at $2.0 million, or 0.7 percent, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $46.2 million, or 18.6 percent, above collections in February of 2017. Total collections over the first eight months of the fiscal year were $3.6 billion which is $120.4 million, […]
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 –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.
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 […]