Groups urge increase in grocery tax credit (Tulsa World)

Original at OKLAHOMA CITY – Groups that work with low-income families urged lawmakers Tuesday to increase a sales-tax credit to offset the cost of groceries. David Blatt of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, who was joined by about 20 organizations,… Read more [More...]

Organizations Call on Legislators to Increase Grocery Tax Credit

(Oklahoma City, December 16, 2008) – Organizations from across the state are calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to strengthen the Sales Tax Relief Credit, a move that would provide much needed and ongoing benefits to families and individuals struggling to… Read more [More...]

New Policy Briefs Explore Options to Increase Tax Credits for Struggling Families

(Oklahoma City, October 6, 2008):  Policymakers looking for opportunities to help struggling Oklahoma families should consider expanding two existing tax credits targeted to low- and moderate-income Oklahomans, according to a pair of policy briefs released today by the Oklahoma Policy… Read more [More...]

Report cites Oklahoma income tax-cut slash (Oklahoman)

By Ron Jenkins A think-tank that advocates for the poor says Oklahoma lawmakers would have had $400 million to $600 million more to spend on education and other programs the last two years if not for income tax cuts. The… Read more [More...]

Income Tax Cuts Have Dampened Oklahoma Revenues by $400-$600 Million; Top Rate Cut Primarily Benefits Wealthy

(Oklahoma City, Sept. 2, 2008) – Cuts in recent years to the individual income tax have decreased state revenues by several hundred million dollars, with most of the benefits going to the highest-income Oklahomans. These findings are contained in a… Read more [More...]

Census Report Shows Progress on Poverty and Income, But Many Oklahomans “Left Off the Boat” of Prosperity

(Oklahoma City, August 26, 2008): Even while Oklahoma’s overall economy continued to prosper, 557,000 Oklahomans, or 15.9%, lived in poverty in 2007, according to newly-released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This is a decline from the… Read more [More...]

Forecast for State Funding Seems Cloudy (Tulsa World)

Original at by ANGEL RIGGS World Capitol Bureau OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s standstill budget for the upcoming fiscal year will likely impact the state’s ability to fund services and programs, according to a study released Wednesday by the Oklahoma… Read more [More...]