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Budget & Tax , Education

Curtis Shelton | April 14, 2023

Oklahoma taxes and education spending

Curtis Shelton

Oklahoma’s state and local tax collections totaled $21.1 billion in 2022. This includes income taxes, state and local sales taxes, local property taxes, and more. With 4.02 million people in our state, per capita tax collections are $5,253. That’s $21,014 for a family of four.

A large portion of that $21.1 billion goes to public education. According to the State Department of Education’s annual revenue report, public education received $8.6 billion in 2022,* with a cash balance of $11.5 billion. Federal revenue accounted for $1.7 billion. That means public education receives more than one-third of every tax dollar collected by the state.

*This does not include the $464 million the state contributed for the teachers’ retirement system in 2021. The 2022 data have not yet been released.

Curtis Shelton Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton

Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.

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