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Featured Report
January 26th, 2016

If we try to solve our budget crisis by doubling down on budget cuts and one-time revenues, we will only inflict greater damage to our economy and to the well-being of Oklahomans. We can solve this crisis through a more balanced approach that includes new recurring revenues… Read more

Recent Articles & Reports
February 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 sign up on his website to receive the Capitol Updates newsletter by email. Governor Fallin released her FY-17 budget proposal last Monday, and the numbers are revealing. The current year’s appropriated budget (after adjustment for  Continue Reading »

February 11th, 2016
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As part of her effort to close the state’s budget shortfall and avoid devastating cuts, Gov. Mary Fallin has proposed $910.5 million in additional revenues in her FY 2017 Executive Budget. The largest revenue item involves changes to the sales tax, which she labels “sales tax modernization.” In her State of the State speech, the Governor explained that, “Modernizing the  Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
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Next year Oklahoma is facing what could be the largest budget shortfall in state history. Oklahoma Policy Institute is closely monitoring various budget proposals and advocating for the best ideas to close the gap between plummeting state revenues and long-neglected funding needs for core services. Listed below are  presentations, fact sheets, blog posts, and other information we’ve prepared related to the  Continue Reading »