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
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
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
Budget & Tax

Department of Health finances defy budget critics’ claims

Legislative Democrats have argued state government should not set aside $200 million into savings, as provided for in the Republican-authored budget. Instead, Democrats say the money would be better spent at agencies. But in making that case, Democrats have chosen an odd agency to champion.

Ray Carter
May 20, 2019
Health Care

Budget plan shows challenges of existing Medicaid program

Even as debate continues over expanding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include many able-bodied adults, details of this year’s budget agreement show the state continues to struggle to cover the costs of the existing program, which primarily serves those with severe disabilities, pregnant women, and low-income children.

Ray Carter
May 20, 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