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
Health Care

SoonerCare enrollment skyrockets

SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s fast-growing Medicaid program. How fast? Since 2000, total annual enrollment in SoonerCare has grown from 416,785 to 1,052,826 enrollees.

Curtis Shelton
May 14, 2018
Budget & Tax

A look at tax collections

Total state tax collections are rebounding from a low point in fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 through June 2017).

Curtis Shelton
May 11, 2018
Good Government

TSET adds $53 million to its untouchable funds

The state of Oklahoma recently received its annual settlement payment from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Cody Ray Milner
May 11, 2018
Good Government

Free Market Friday: The slippery three

Some important reforms passed this session, including enrollment audits and work requirements for Oklahoma’s expensive Medicaid program. Yet other programs proved just how slippery is the status quo when it comes to avoiding common-sense cost savings.

Jonathan Small
May 11, 2018