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Lawmakers must use special session to fix the budget, not pass the buck

Written on August 16, 2017 at 10:22 am, by

The Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a $1.50 per-package smoking cessation fee passed by lawmakers in May has created a genuine state emergency. If the Legislature does find new revenues in special session to replace those rejected by the… Read more

FY 2018 Budget Highlights

Written on June 8, 2017 at 11:09 am, by

OK Policy’s annual Budget Highlights issue brief is one of the most informative and accessible ways to track Oklahoma’s public spending. Read more...

Lessons of Our History: Oklahoma’s past accomplishments teach us how to build a better budget and a better future

Written on April 25, 2017 at 9:46 am, by

Oklahoma’s past contains big successes arising from public investments. In our relatively short history as a state, we've put an end to dust bowls, brought health care to our children, and made big improvements to public schools — and we have solutions to reinvigorate these common goals today. Read more...

Introducing the newly updated Online Budget Guide

Written on January 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm, by

To understand how state and local governments operate in Oklahoma, we especially need to understand the budget. The budget is how we allocate resources across all of our publicly-supported institutions – not just state and local government agencies, but also… Read more

An Oklahoma Agenda for Broad-Based Prosperity: A Better Budget

Written on July 25, 2016 at 8:51 am, by

[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.… Read more

FY 2017 Budget Highlights

Written on June 7, 2016 at 9:01 am, by

Download the budget highlights as a pdf. OK Policy’s annual Budget Highlights issue brief is one of the most informative and accessible ways to track Oklahoma’s public spending. Today we’ve released the FY 2017 Budget Highlights, which includes a bullet… Read more

Oklahoma’s Revenue Options for the Budget Emergency

Written on April 11, 2016 at 8:41 am, by

Without new revenue to close the shortfall, state agencies and school districts face massive budget cuts that will be disastrous for Oklahoma families, businesses, and communities. Here are 16 revenue options worth considering as part of a fair and sustainable budget... Read more

Balanced solutions to Oklahoma’s budget emergency

Written on January 26, 2016 at 9:11 am, by

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

The Cost of Tax Cuts in Oklahoma

Written on January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am, by

Repeated income tax cuts since the mid-2000s have reduced state revenues by more than $1 billion annually. These cuts are eroding important public services and threatening Oklahoma’s economic well-being... Read more

FY 2016 Budget Highlights

Written on June 2, 2015 at 10:37 am, by

OK Policy’s annual Budget Highlights issue brief is one of the most informative and accessible ways to track Oklahoma’s public spending. Read more...