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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
November 23rd, 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. It’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen in the 2017 Legislature. What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Well, the answer could be anything from a big explosion to a simple  Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2016

Download this fact sheet as a pdf. The state continues to face a dire budget outlook Through the first four months of the current fiscal year, General Revenue collections have come in 1.8 percent below the estimate and 8.7 percent below last year. Sales tax collections have missed the estimate each month. If revenues continue to miss projections, a revenue  Continue Reading »

November 8th, 2016

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the failure of SQ 779, the sales tax increase for education: SQ 779 did not reach majority support even though Oklahomans widely acknowledge that we must improve school funding. The results of this vote show that many believed that SQ 779 was the wrong solution to the right problem. Many voters were not  Continue Reading »