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
Good Government

Lawmakers cite constitutional problems with Ethics Commission regulations

Members of the Oklahoma Senate overwhelmingly rejected proposed Oklahoma Ethics Commission rules on Friday, saying the regulations violated constitutional rights.

Ray Carter
May 17, 2019
Good Government

Mazzei nomination advances after defense of tax cuts, savings

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the nomination of former Sen. Mike Mazzei to serve as Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet secretary of budget, less than a week after that appointment appeared in jeopardy.

Ray Carter
May 13, 2019
Good Government

Don’t let the state dox its citizens

The reason we need rules against doxing is obvious. People post this information for only one reason: to facilitate violence and harassment.

Greg Forster
April 26, 2019
Good Government

Officials warn legislation could roll back workers’ comp progress

Oklahoma’s new administrative system is more focused than the old, court-based system on compensating injured workers and getting them back to work. House Bill 2367 would make a number of changes in the new system first established by the 2013 legislation.

Mike Brake
April 9, 2019
Good Government

Oklahoma’s digital transformation

Oklahoma’s Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration, David Ostrowe, is looking to move state government into the future by focusing on transparency and integration. It’s high time state government entered the 21st century.

Curtis Shelton
April 4, 2019
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