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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
October 21st, 2016
"Can you see the future of my 401 (k)?"

Thinking about the budget problems facing next year’s Legislature would give anyone a headache. Due to the use of “one-time” money in this year’s budget and an Oklahoma economy that continues to decline — or at least fail to recover — the new Legislature is predicted to face another “budget hole” on the order of $600 to $700 million. Moreover,  Continue Reading »

October 19th, 2016
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Carl Davis is Research Director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues. When is a charitable contribution not a “donation” at all?  If a taxpayer manages to turn a profit on the deal, has anything altruistic actually occurred?  The clear answer is no.  But a  Continue Reading »

October 4th, 2016
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Robert Zahradnik is a director and Steve Bailey and Jon Moody are senior associates with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ states’ fiscal health team. This post originally appeared on the Pew blog and is reposted here with permission. Volatile revenue sources can create problems for states that rely on them for recurring budget expenditures. During good times, these unstable revenue streams  Continue Reading »