Budget & Tax

'Behavior change' company hired by TSET made millions from Obama Administration

In 2011 Rescue Social Change received a $5 million federal grant that it spent hosting events at bars, giving away free koozies, and even paying people cash not to smoke. The campaign, targeted at “hipsters,” was item number four in U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2015 Star Wars-themed Wastebook. 

Staff Reports
May 24, 2018
Budget & Tax

Revenue collections ahead of the curve

Oklahoma’s economy has grown over the last ten months. That growth shows in state government’s revenue collections.

Curtis Shelton
May 23, 2018
Budget & Tax, Economy

A look at the April economic report

The Oklahoma Treasurer’s monthly economic report was released this week highlighting April revenue collections. The Treasurer’s report shows a breakdown of total gross receipts collected for the month along with a breakdown of various economic measures for the state of Oklahoma.

Curtis Shelton
May 16, 2018
Budget & Tax

State spending growth vs. population growth and rate of inflation

Spending has grown substantially over the last two decades. That is a simple fact, but it’s reasonable to ask how growth compares to changes in population or the economy. Let’s take a look.

Curtis Shelton
May 16, 2018
Budget & Tax

State appropriations vs. total Oklahoma government spending

In discussions about taxes and state government spending in Oklahoma, some advocates insist that available funding has been slashed to the bone for important public services.

Dave Bond , Curtis Shelton
May 15, 2018
Budget & Tax

A Look Back: 25 years of state spending

The data analyzed in these charts come from Oklahoma’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) created by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES).

Curtis Shelton
May 15, 2018
Budget & Tax

State appropriations over the last eight years

The signing of Senate Bill 1600 completed the last legislative budget of Gov. Mary Fallin’s time in office. This is a good time to look back on how state appropriations have changed over the last eight years.

Curtis Shelton
May 15, 2018
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