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Attracting New Industries To Oklahoma Is Serious Business: Even as the state’s unemployment rate has made a steady decline in recent months, the work of those whose job is to try and create more jobs is certainly not done. It never is, especially in a state like Oklahoma where the economy can be very fragile. The tendency for crude oil and natural gas prices to fluctuate wildly, and unexpectedly, has made it abundantly clear in recent decades that the bottom can fall out of the state’s leading industry at, seemingly, a moment’s notice. [NewsOn6]
State’s most vulnerable citizens in jeopardy: Though detractors continue to insist the DHS needs to “live within its means,” cuts imposed by the Legislature have made that almost impossible. The agency has slashed 1,200 jobs just over the past two years, about 15 percent of its workforce. Staffers are forced to share the burden in addressing client needs, and that has become an almost insurmountable task with the skeletal resources now allocated. [Tahlequah Daily Press] In dispute between Republican leaders over DHS funding, here are the facts [OK Policy]
Senator seeks to nail down state’s cost for defending unconstitutional laws: In the past few years, Oklahoma lawmakers have passed more than a dozen bills that later were found to be unconstitutional. Sen. Kay Floyd wants to determine how much that has cost the state. Her idea is among 44 interim studies approved last week and assigned to legislative committees. Committee chairs will have the final say on whether a study is conducted. [Tulsa World]
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