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Analysts say Federal Budget Doubles Down on State Program Hits (KWGS)

By Marshall Stewart   The Trump federal budget, as proposed, would amount to a double hit to Oklahoma, given state budget woes. It’s the word from the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s David Blatt, who says the cuts would hurt programs that… Read more [More...]

Health Care’s Future (OETA)

  Hundreds of thousands would lose insurance coverage, over a million more would be denied health care insurance and the state would lose billions of dollars. Several organizations predict those impacts would hit Oklahoma, if the current GOP health care… Read more [More...]

In search of a grand bargain: ways to bridge budget gap (Woodward News)

By Trevor Brown – Oklahoma Watch  As Oklahoma’s 2017 legislative session enters its fourth week, one thing is abundantly clear: Republicans, Democrats and Gov. Mary Fallin are nowhere close to a budget deal. The Legislature and governor’s office have until… Read more [More...]

Summer Policy Institute Applications are Now Open

Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce our fifth annual Summer Policy Institute (SPI) from July 30 – August 2, 2017 at the University of Tulsa.   “It is so rare to find an opportunity like SPI that, in such a… Read more [More...]

Payday loan legislation resurfaces (The Journal Record)

By Catherine Sweeney OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure that riled up consumer protection advocates and religious leaders this year died in committee, or so they thought. A measure that would allow what opponents call predatory lending practices has resurfaced in the… Read more [More...]

Spending cuts will cost our state its future (Tulsa World)

By Mubeen Shakir It seems that our state just can’t balance its books. Recently, it was announced that Oklahoma would face another revenue failure because our state government was unable to accurately project revenue in making budget decisions for its… Read more [More...]

Legislature again takes up the shrinking county tax giveaway (Tulsa World)

By the Tulsa World Editorial Board One of the worst legislative ideas we’ve ever seen — the shrinking county tax giveaway — has reared its ugly head again this year. House Bill 1156 would give a 100 percent income-tax exemption… Read more [More...]

Local schools bracing for budget cuts (Enid News)

By James Neal Local school districts are bracing for the impact of mid-year budget cuts and worsening projections for the coming year. With a revenue failure coming after two years of deep cuts, some area districts are anticipating fewer teachers… Read more [More...]

Lottery money going into education won’t immediately solve budget issues (KTUL)

By Tyler Butler TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Lots of Powerball tickets walked out the door of Quiktrip on Wednesday in Brookside. Of course, the question we’re asking is the same one running through everyone’s minds: What would you do with your… Read more [More...]

Payday lending bills floated from both sides of aisle (NONDOC)

By Josh McBee History: One either learns from it or finds oneself doomed to repeat it. That’s a memo that may have missed the desk of Sen. Dan Newberry (R-Tulsa). In early January, the mortgage banker introduced SB 112, which,… Read more [More...]