Tim Gatz appointed new ODOT Executive Director

Tim Gatz appointed new ODOT Executive Director

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission announced the appointment of Tim Gatz as the new Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation effective April 1, following a unanimous vote at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Gatz currently serves as the Secretary of Transportation and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, responsibilities he will retain […]

State: Year-to-date collections continue to beat estimate

State: Year-to-date collections continue to beat estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in January were $714.5 million and came in at $58.1 million, or 8.8 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $118.5 million, or 19.9 percent, above collections in January of 2018. Total collections over the first seven months of the fiscal year are $203.7 million, or 5.7 percent, above […]

New report reveals 30,000 teachers have left profession in 6 years

New report reveals 30,000 teachers have left profession in 6 years

OKLAHOMA CITY – Using historical educational and population data, market trends and demand-supply projections, the 2018 Oklahoma Educator Supply & Demand Report indicates that the percentage of Oklahoma educators leaving the profession has increased over the past six years, representing more than 5,000 per year or a total of approximately 30,000. This exodus represents an […]

Oklahoma Department of Labor requests agency audit

Oklahoma Department of Labor requests agency audit

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Labor has requested a turnover audit from the office of the State Auditor.  “Under the new Stitt administration there is an increased call for transparency and effective use of taxpayer dollars”, stated Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn.  “In that vein we are requesting a financial audit of our agency […]

Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Public Safety Committee advanced House Bill 2597 Thursday morning. The bill was presented by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, who said the bill promotes constitutional carry for citizens who are not felons, adjudicated with mental illness or have domestic violence convictions. The committee gave a do pass recommendation with a vote […]

Watch: Gov. Stitt delivers State of the State

Watch: Gov. Stitt delivers State of the State

Governor Kevin Stitt delivered his first State of the State on Monday inside the State Capitol. Oklahoma’s new Republican governor wants to use a projected budget surplus to give a $1,200 pay raise for public school teachers that would bring the state to tops in the region for pay and benefits for educators. EMBARGOED COPY […]

Funding needed to support increasing number of students, Hofmeister says

Funding needed to support increasing number of students, Hofmeister says

OKLAHOMA CITY  — The number of students in public schools in Oklahoma continues to rise steadily, as indicated by the newest enrollment numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).  Collected Oct. 1, the annual student count shows that 698,586 students were enrolled in Pre-K through 12th grade for the 2018-19 school year, a […]

Audio: Gov. Stitt announces first executive orders, including selling State’s airplane

Audio: Gov. Stitt announces first executive orders, including selling State’s airplane

Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday morning four new executive orders that focus on increasing transparency, accountability, and efficiency in state government. “My commitment is to get to the bottom of every dollar spent by state government and ensure every hard-earned tax dollar matches the mission and values of Oklahomans,” said Gov. Stitt. “These executive orders […]

State: GRF collections up over first half of fiscal year

State: GRF collections up over first half of fiscal year

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in December were $620.6 million and came in at $50.2 million, or 8.8 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $108.0 million, or 21.1 percent, above collections in December of 2017. Total collections over the first six months of the fiscal year are $145.6 million, or 4.9 percent, […]

State: Timing on GPT oil collections push GRF receipts far above estimate

Lagging oil prices not expected to hit GRF until January

State: Timing on GPT oil collections push GRF receipts far above estimate

LOKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in November were$502.2 million and came in at$75.0 million, or 17.5 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is$111.5 million, or 28.6 percent, above collections in November of 2017, which is mostly due to law changes that took effect this year. Total collections over the first five months of the fiscal […]

State: October GRF collections beat estimate by 2%

Gross production tax collections still not meeting estimate

State: October GRF collections beat estimate by 2%

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in October were $520.2 million and came in at $10.0 million, or 2.0 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $83.9 million, or 19.2 percent, above collections in October of 2017. Total collections over the first four months of the fiscal year are $20.4 million, or 1 percent, above […]

State BOE approves Hofmeister’s request of $3.35 billion in classroom investment

State BOE approves Hofmeister’s request of $3.35 billion in classroom investment

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 25, 2018) – The Oklahoma State Board of Education today approved a Fiscal Year 2020 budget request of $3.35 billion for common education, which includes an increase of more than $440.6 million. The request – among the largest ever for common education – seeks to reduce class sizes and boost critical funding for instruction […]

State: August collections 6.6% above estimate

Two major reporting categories still missing monthly estimate

State: August collections 6.6% above estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in August were $454.6 million and came in at $28.2 million, or 6.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $40.9 million, or 9.9 percent, above collections in August of 2017.