Budget & Tax

Film subsidy debate focuses on finances … and abortion

Though some suggest that film projects may land in Oklahoma as a result of recent pro-life legislation in Georgia, a national expert and some Oklahoma lawmakers are skeptical.

Ray Carter
June 13, 2019
Budget & Tax

Stitt announces new spending transparency site

Governor Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, an interactive web site that provides regularly updated data on state expenses. 

Ray Carter
June 13, 2019
Budget & Tax

Two years of Oklahoma revenue growth

Oklahoma’s total gross receipts in May grew by $103 million compared to last year. Total gross receipts have shown year-over-year growth for 24 months in a row.

Curtis Shelton
June 12, 2019
Budget & Tax

Experts warn of economic storm clouds on horizon

Due largely to state economic growth, Oklahoma lawmakers have been able to dramatically boost state spending. But there are indications that the days of financial largess may be near an end.

Ray Carter
June 11, 2019
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma’s property tax advantage over Texas may decline

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s most recent edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” which ranks U.S. states based on economic competitiveness, showed property tax burden is one of the few areas where Oklahoma holds a decided advantage over Texas. It may not stay that way.

Ray Carter
June 4, 2019
Budget & Tax, Good Government

LOFT may be used more by watchdogs than lawmakers

This year, lawmakers created the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT), which will audit agency budgets and evaluate the effectiveness of state programs and services, issuing published reports of resulting conclusions.

Supporters say the office will lead to better legislative oversight and more efficient use of taxpayer dollars. But officials in other states with similar programs say private-sector watchdogs, rather than politicians, often make better use of the resulting data.

Ray Carter
May 31, 2019
Budget & Tax

Analyst: Spending alone is no measure of success

To simply increase government spending without any focus on also improving outcomes, 1889 Institute research fellow Mike Davis said, is “a terrible goal.”

Ray Carter
May 30, 2019
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