Health Care

Gov. Stitt reiterates opposition to Medicaid expansion

Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated his opposition to Medicaid expansion on Friday and discussed efforts to come up with an alternative plan to address Oklahoma’s health care needs.

Ray Carter
May 24, 2019

Legislative session comes to an end

The Oklahoma Legislature effectively ended this year’s session on Thursday when lawmakers passed a resolution allowing both chambers to stand adjourned for more than three days and declaring sine die adjournment will occur by 5 p.m. on May 31.

Ray Carter
May 24, 2019
Budget & Tax
Criminal Justice

Bail bill rejected in House

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives rejected legislation Wednesday that would have allowed more criminal suspects to be released from jail without bail after critics said it would lead to more crime and the bill’s author admitted he did not know how much the measure would increase taxpayer costs.

Ray Carter
May 23, 2019
Budget & Tax

Democrats’ anti-savings argument: People are ‘dying’

Urging lawmakers to spend rather than save money, Democrats painted an apocalyptic picture of Oklahoma’s future if government spending is not increased further.

Ray Carter
May 22, 2019
Education

PLAC’s partisanship becoming obvious

Oklahoma PLAC this year endorsed the House Democrats' plan to spend every penny of this year’s historic surplus and to enact millions of dollars in new taxes on income and investment. PLAC also opposed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s efforts to put qualified women and minorities on the State Board of Education.

Staff
May 22, 2019
Budget & Tax, Education

Lawmakers vote to junk April 1 school-funding deadline

A seldom-obeyed law mandating passage of a public school budget by April 1 may soon be a thing of the past. House Bill 2769, which repeals the funding deadline, has passed both chambers of the Legislature and is headed for the governor’s desk.

Ray Carter
May 22, 2019
Budget & Tax, Education

Democrats call for dramatic education spending increase

This year’s state appropriation for K-12 schools was above $3 billion for the first time ever. It’s now estimated K-12 schools will have received a $638 million increase in appropriations in just two years, including money for an average combined two-year pay raise of $7,320 for teachers.

Ray Carter
May 22, 2019
Education

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

Non-appropriated revenue has accounted for more than 64 percent of new education revenue every year since fiscal year 2006. This revenue has grown from $3.4 billion to $4.1 billion when adjusted for inflation. While state appropriations have remained relatively flat other sources of revenue have grown. Local revenue sources have grown 36 percent since 2006.

Curtis Shelton
May 21, 2019
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