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Budget & Taxes

Featured Report
July 25th, 2016
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[See our companion issue agenda for better jobs & opportunities here.] [Download this fact sheet as a pdf.] The decisions that Oklahoma makes today about our state taxes and budget have a deep and enduring impact on our economic future. An enormous amount of research shows that public investments in education, infrastructure, and other core public services are major drivers  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
September 12th, 2016
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Learn about other state questions on the ballot in Oklahoma. Download this fact sheet as a pdf. The Gist SQ 779 is a constitutional amendment that would raise the state sales and use tax by one percentage point. Of the total revenue generated by the new tax, 60 percent would go to providing a salary increase of at least $5,000  Continue Reading »

August 12th, 2016
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Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. You can find past Capitol Updates archived  on his website. An interesting debate has developed on whether the $140.8 million that was withheld from state services in FY-16 should now be viewed as “one-time” money  Continue Reading »

August 5th, 2016
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Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. You can find past Capitol Updates archived  on his website. One has to wonder where Governor Fallin is headed with the announcement that she is considering a special session of the legislature. The purpose of  Continue Reading »