Budget & Tax

A look at 2018 revenue collections

Total Gross Receipts were up 11% and General Revenue Fund collections grew 16.1% in fiscal year 2018 compared to the year before. And, revenue from income and sales taxes continued to grow throughout the year.

Curtis Shelton
August 10, 2018
Higher Education

OU hire should respect Oklahomans

The University of Oklahoma is kicking off a national search for an associate vice president of university community.

Jonathan Small
August 10, 2018
Education

Crossover Prep brings hope, transformation

Incredibly, only 22 African-American senior boys were college-ready in Tulsa Public Schools in 2015. With the help of Oklahoma’s tax-credit scholarship program, a private school in north Tulsa is tackling the problem head-on.

Patrick B. McGuigan
August 9, 2018
Education

As teacher pay raises kick in, OKCPS teachers must wait

Oklahoma City Public Schools announced that the raises due to all certified and support personnel would be delayed until September because “we felt it was important to work closely with our union partners in the interpretation and implementation of the statutes.”

Mike Brake
August 8, 2018
Education

Your Story: Ashley Richards

“I learned about the Opportunity Scholarship Fund through Special Care, which is now Riley’s school. It’s been a godsend because our income was just over the limit for health care assistance for her, and we can’t afford to send her to a private school on our own. With the scholarship we’ve been able to put her in Special Care’s pre-K program, and the impact on our family is huge."

August 7, 2018
Education

OCPA comments on State Question 801

After Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued an election proclamation that places State Question 801 on the November ballot, Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), made the this statement.

Staff
August 3, 2018
Education

Free Market Friday: Emergency?

We continue to see news stories about emergency certifications for teachers who didn’t take the traditional certification route to get a teaching license. But are we getting the full story?

Jonathan Small
August 3, 2018
Budget & Tax

Where does Oklahoma rank on corporate income tax?

Oklahoma ranks 34th nationally with corporate income taxes making up 2.7% of total state and local tax collections. From a regional perspective, this 2.7% places Oklahoma right in the middle—well below Arkansas and Kansas but above Missouri and Texas.

Curtis Shelton
August 2, 2018
Higher Education

Shumate example of higher ed lobbying tactics

State universities have used patronage as a lobbying strategy. When he left the legislature to work for the University of Oklahoma, Jabar Shumate’s pay jumped from $40,000 to $220,000. This is how patronage works at the high end: high pay, low demands, and lots of perks.

Trent England
August 1, 2018
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