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Reasons for concern about OK County jail death count: Why is it so important for Oklahoma County to come up with broad procedural changes that will result in fewer people winding up in the county jail? Look no further than a story this week about the number of inmate deaths since the beginning of 2016. In that time, 20 inmates — 15 men and five women, ranging in age from 73 to 21 — have died inside the jail. [The Oklahoman] The Justice Reform Task Force recommended changes this year that could help [OK Policy]
Oklahoma has lowest business tax burden, according to report: The tax burden felt by business is lower in Oklahoma than anywhere else in the nation, according to a broad study of tax collections. Analysts at the Anderson Economic Group have determined that, in 2015, just 6.3 percent of business profits went toward Oklahoma’s state and local taxes. [The Oklahoman] Oklahoma is losing millions to corporate tax shelters [OK Policy]
Oklahoma Health Care Authority expects budget challenges: The authority, with a budget of about $5.7 billion, has not yet received word of its next appropriation from the state of Oklahoma, which faces a shortfall. The agency is planning for different scenarios and expects final word on funding in late May or early June, when Gov. Mary Fallin signs the budget bill. [NewsOK] OHCA budget cuts would hit small towns especially hard [OK Policy]
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