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 […]
Previous month’s anomalies corrected as income, sales taxes miss estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — With personal income tax and other revenue making a correction and sales tax continuing to decline, total General Revenue Fund (GRF) receipts were 12.4 percent below the September estimate.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma collected more than $132 million in tribal gaming exclusivity fees in fiscal year 2016 under the state-tribal gaming compact. The record amount is not only good news for Oklahoma education funding, but also continues an upward trend since the first decline two years ago.
A child abuse registry created in 2010 to help child care providers screen out potential employees with findings of abuse or neglect has glaring gaps that could leave many Oklahoma children at risk. That’s according to Sen. AJ Griffin, who requested an interim study to look at the issue. The Senate Health and Human Services […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Senate Health and Human Services met Tuesday to hear from local healthcare organizations about the importance of the health center uncompensated care fund (UCF) to the health and well-being of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Department of Health stopped distributing payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for health care to the […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 867 out of 867 roll call votes during the 2016 legislative session. During the ten-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted in 11,887 out of 11,956 roll call […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Board of Education (OSBE) today approved the reallocation of $3.4 million in previously mandated cuts to the Support of Public School Activities. The funds were part of the $40.2 million returned to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) earlier this month as the result of an over-cut in […]
Gov. Mary Fallin (seated) and Sen. AJ Griffin (far right) at a bill signing ceremony recently held at the state Capitol to mark the approval of HB 2962, which requires insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children under the age of 9. Griffin, R-Guthrie, was the principal […]
The initiative will identify priority health concerns, access to care issues
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the official kickoff of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, a private/public initiative to develop a comprehensive healthcare access and delivery system for the state’s veterans.
Sales tax declines continue across Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – Collection anomalies caused total General Revenue Fund (GRF) receipts to surge 31 percent above the estimate in August, while sales tax collections to the GRF continued a lengthy decline.
(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Department of Public Safety has announced that the agency will receive a $1.9 million allocation from the state budget surplus.