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.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced planned reductions totaling about $30 million over the course of the next fiscal year to a number of programs serving vulnerable children and adults.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) today announced that for the second year in a row it set a new statewide record distribution to Oklahoma’s public schools.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Representatives Scott Biggs, John Pfeiffer and Casey Murdock today issued a joint statement praising former Oklahoma Attorney General and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (APA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on his help to rescind the Clean Water Rule of 2015, also known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). During a Senate Appropriations hearing […]
Money returned to Rainy Day Fund for education ad valorem reimbursement
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in May missed the official monthly estimate by 1.5 percent, providing enough revenue to cover current FY17 allocation needs and avoiding further cuts to agencies as borrowed funds are returned.
Mike Patterson Will Join Cabinet as Transportation Secretary
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that Gary Ridley, who served as secretary of transportation for two governors, is retiring. His retirement is effective immediately.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Bobby Cleveland announced today he will request an interim study concerning the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) following a letter from disgruntled employees.
Chris Evans with Guthrie News Page sits down with Rep. John Pfeiffer and Senator AJ Griffin and talks about a number of legislative items, including the state budget and education.