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Oklahoma Could Face Showdown Over Ill-Advised Income Tax Cuts (Tax Justice Blog)

By Sebastian Johnson Oklahoma has become yet another regrettable example of what happens when state policy is driven by income tax cuts. Worse, Gov. Mary Fallin and Senate Finance Chairman Mike Mazzei are on a collision course over the fate… Read more [More...]

Senator asks for help stopping income tax cut (Stillwater News Press)

By Michelle Charles Senate Finance Chair Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, is asking for the public’s help to stop an income tax cut he championed in 2014.   The 0.25 percent reduction in the state’s income tax rate takes it from 5.25 percent… Read more [More...]

Lawmakers Urged to Support a Rollback of the Latest State Income Tax Cut (KWGS)

By Marshall Stewart Members of the State Senate Finance Committee are scheduled to vote tomorrow on a measure to halt the most recent income tax cut. Citizens are being asked to call lawmakers and urge them to roll back the… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma advocates for criminal justice reform meet with experts (Red Dirt Report)

By Mindy Ragan Wood OKLAHOMA CITY — Thursday night, advocates for criminal justice reform gathered to hear a panel of experts discussing public policy regarding Oklahoma’s incarceration crisis. “Criminal Justice: A Better Way for Oklahoma” was hosted by the Charles… Read more [More...]

Panelists discuss need for criminal justice reform (Norman Transcript)

By Jessica Bruha OKLAHOMA CITY – After former House Speaker Kris Steele and Adam Luck, Oklahoma state director of Right on Crime discussed the need for criminal justice reform, a panel launched into a discussion about the issue. Some of… Read more [More...]

Study Finds a Decade of Income Tax Cuts Deprived State of $1B This Year (Oklahoma Watch)

By Warren Vieth Income tax cuts approved by governors and legislators of both parties over the past decade reduced this year’s state revenue collections by more than $1 billion, according to an independent data analysis. The calculation by the Institute… Read more [More...]

Upcoming Event: ‘Dream On’ Film Screening

OK Policy and the OSU Forum of Geography Graduate Students will host a screening of the new documentary Dream On at OSU-Stillwater on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30pm. In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey… Read more [More...]

Hamilton: Self-inflicted wounds and a leadership failure (Journal Record)

By Arnold Hamilton  The state’s elected Powers That Be are calling it a “revenue failure,” but that’s a misnomer. It’s actually a “leadership” failure. Sorry, elected Republicans, you own this one. As the GOP for decades scratched and clawed from… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma’s budget woes could hamper services, groups say (Tulsa World)

By Barbara Hoberock   OKLAHOMA CITY — Groups expressed concern Wednesday that a revenue failure for the current fiscal year and large budget hole for the next fiscal year will seriously hamper the state’s ability to provide core services. Officials said… Read more [More...]

Critics Say Irresponsible Policies Contribute to Budget Crisis (Public Radio Tulsa)

By Marshall Stewart It’s official, the state is headed toward budget failure. The $900 million dollar shortfall is blamed mostly on dropping oil prices, but the head of an Oklahoma think tank says bad policy has contributed to the crisis.… Read more [More...]