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Governor Fallin wants to boost educational attainment. President Obama has a new plan to do it.

Rosie Nelson is a former OK Policy intern and is currently a PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. In the recent inaugural address for her second term, Governor Fallin said one of her top goals is to… Read more [More...]

The ABCs of Oklahoma’s Promise

This post was written by OK Policy summer intern Rosie Nelson.  Rosie has an MA in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi and will begin a PhD program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education starting this fall. Recently,… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Raising Energy-Output Tax (Wall Street Journal)

By Daniel Gilbert Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation on Wednesday that will raise taxes on much of the state’s new oil and gas wells, but the higher rate still falls short of what some executives wanted to help fund… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Educators Say Proposed State Budget Essentially Flat (NewsOn6)

By Emory Bryan The give and take of the state budget process continues for Oklahoma public education. Governor Mary Fallin says lawmakers are giving schools $80 million in new money – but school districts says the increase is really half… Read more [More...]

Reactions To Negotiated Oklahoma State Budget for FY15 (KGOU)

By KGOU Staff Reactions so far to the announced budget deal between the Governor’s office the the Oklahoma House and Senate leaders are focusing on different aspects of the plan that require cuts for 52 state agencies, increases to others… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin boasts far-right record (MSNBC)

By Irin Carmon An execution this week that went terribly wrong has catapulted Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, to the national stage. But there’s more to Fallin than her zeal for capital punishment. The first female governor of Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

Teachers Speak Out at Oklahoma Watch-Out Forum (Oklahoma Watch)

By Nate Robson Teacher pay and school accountability were among the biggest topics discussed during a community forum Wednesday evening tackling issues facing Oklahoma public-school teachers. A panel of educators, joined by other teachers and representatives from education and public-policy… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma governor signs income tax cut into law (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an income tax cut measure into law Monday that will gradually lower Oklahoma’s top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.85 percent over several years if state revenues continue to rise. The Republican governor,… Read more [More...]

Health care needs have reached critical stage (Norman Transcript)

By Kenneth Wells Once again, the Republican-led Oklahoma legislators are leaving Oklahoma’s neediest in the dust with their proposed 2014-2015 budget. Studies by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services project… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma is a low-tax state (Pryor Times)

By Sen. Sean Burrage April 15th was the deadline for filing taxes. I’m certain it’s no one’s favorite time of year, but here’s something that may help give a little perspective—at least as far as state taxes go. When you… Read more [More...]