Budget & Tax

Stitt’s budget to ‘keep a lid’ on spending

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of budget says a shift is underway in Oklahoma government. He said the governor’s next budget plan will focus more on efficiency than increased spending.

Ray Carter
December 6, 2019
Budget & Tax

Low casino fees a problem for Henry administration too

Gov. Kevin Stitt isn’t the first statewide officeholder to raise the issue of casino operating fees. 

Ray Carter
December 6, 2019
Budget & Tax

Never enough: Here come the state agency wish lists

So far, Oklahoma state agencies have requested $454 in additional funding for the next fiscal year—and the wish list keeps getting longer.

Curtis Shelton
November 25, 2019
Budget & Tax

Expert warns against legal games with pension protections

During a recent legislative study that included a review of a pension-protection law, the head of one state pension system offered lawmakers a recommendation for improving such laws: Stop allowing bills to self-exempt from pension protections.

Ray Carter
November 20, 2019
Budget & Tax

New report shows Oklahoma’s casino compacts should be renegotiated

A new report by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) highlights the need for Oklahoma to renegotiate its gaming compacts.

Staff
November 20, 2019
Budget & Tax

Officials urge caution in passing unfunded pension benefits

Under legislation passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives this year, retired state workers’ benefits would have been increased by 4 percent. But that bill, which did not advance in the Senate, included no funding to cover the additional cost, making the measure an unfunded mandate.

Ray Carter
November 19, 2019
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