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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat on Wednesday filed bills granting the Oklahoma governor more appointment power of five top agency directors. Treat said the bills will provide more accountability and give the governor the ability to truly lead the state. “Our current system of government disperses power too widely so that […]
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, […]
By Governor Mary Fallin In just a matter of days, Oklahoma will have a new governor and I will once again – after 28 years – be a private citizen. I’ve enjoyed my decades of service as a public servant, as a state legislator, lieutenant governor and a member of Congress, especially the past eight […]
Lagging oil prices not expected to hit GRF until January
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 […]
Gross production tax collections still not meeting estimate
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Almost 300 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments three years after successful legislation eliminated the age limit for new volunteers.
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 […]
Year-to-date returns for first quarter almost equal to estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in September were $545.1 million and came in at $8.2 million, or 1.5 percent, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $40.1 million, or 7.9 percent, above collections in September of 2017.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Lewis Moore today held an interim study before the House Public Health Committee on mental health and substance abuse issues among the state’s prison population.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has released an updated report from the Teacher Shortage Task Force that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister originally convened in 2015 to tackle the growing teacher shortage crisis.
Two major reporting categories still missing monthly 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.
State-wide elections dominated the Tuesday primary runoff ballots, but two races within Logan County were decided, including the District 1 county commissioner race and District 38 House of Representatives.