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If the Supreme Court overrules Quill by abandoning the physical location requirement, the effects could be monumental for Oklahoma. The state government could generate over $250 million in new revenue. This would provide ample additional funding for core services without increasing taxes. A decision ...
A U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of Oklahoma State University's school of engineering Stites has been a leader in industry for over 30 years. He and his wife Nan have four ... “There is not much working correctly in our state government today, we've got a lot of work to do.” I'll fight for our area not large ...

On March 29, the threat of a looming strike forced Oklahoma's Republican state government to concede a $400 million funding bill granting a historic teacher pay raise of $6,000. Inspired by the example of West Virginia, Oklahoman educators nevertheless decided to push forward with their strike. But two ...
Students know their voices will be powerful in shifting the needle toward fully funded public education in Oklahoma. But they don't always know exactly how to ... Teachers and students learned how state government functions on the fly in the two weeks of this walkout. Kids have grasped the difference ...
Renegar accused the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs of contriving problems at the center to make it appear less viable. ... Sparks, D-Norman, a proposed constitutional amendment to allocate 5 percent of all gross production tax receipts to an endowment fund for state government operations.
The state government has long maintained an attorney general's office in Tulsa, outside the state capital in Oklahoma City. Under Hunter, the office has 21 people, out of 188 total employees under the attorney general, according to the agency's spokesperson, Terri Watkins. "The Tulsa office had been ...

And while much of the rest of Oklahoma's state government was growing smaller, Pruitt, an advocate of small government, added 58 staff members to his own agency, according to the Associated Press. By December 2016, the state attorney general's office had 207 employees, up from 149 in 2011, when ...
Oklahoma Education Association Vice President Katherine Bishop will be featured at the Tulsa County Democratic Party luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Baxter's Interurban, 717 S. ... Hunter, who has served in a variety of capacities in state government, released a list of more than 30 endorsements. He has ...
The problems facing teachers and the teaching profession are myriad, but, like so many things in state government, they boil down to money – how much ... Teachers are fleeing Oklahoma for many reasons, with pay being the most common, said Theresa Cullen, an associate professor at the University of ...
(CNN) -- After massive rallies in Oklahoma and Kentucky on Monday, teachers say they'll keep pressuring state legislators on their demands. ... both the state House and Senate passed budget and revenue bills that brings a 6.25% budget cut to nearly every part of state government -- except education, ...
The GOP-held state legislature passed a pay raise for teachers in a revenue package last week, but teachers said the proposed plan was not enough. GOP leaders say other areas of state government also suffer from lack of funds. "We must be responsible not to neglect other areas of need in the state such ...
Their teacher says the students are on an exchange program with Booker T. and they went to Oklahoma City for several reasons. The German students aren't advocating, but are observing the protests to learn more about state government. Lucien Ludwig, an exchange teacher, says, "I think they will keep ...
Oklahoma school teachers, fed up with their pay and work conditions, called off work Monday and marched on Oklahoma City by the thousands. ... of their colleagues in West Virginia, who held a statewide strike for nine school days in early March and won a 5 percent pay raise from their state government.
And I understand you think there's too much taxation, that state government needs reform. You had some very strong words in that post for the teachers who've been striking. You say, quote, "they've radically and vocally turned against all common sense." If state government is inefficient, as you say, why ...
It's time for Oklahoma to wake up. I'm sick and tired of our state government getting nothing done. I'm more than willing to pay my fair share of taxes to fix this problem, as long as businesses do the same. The Step Up Oklahoma plan was not a fair plan: 70 percent of taxes were on the people and 30 percent ...
Republicans in Oklahoma are confronting a serious budget crisis that began after they took full control of state government in 2010. GOP lawmakers tried to make the state a model of conservative principles, with lower taxes, lighter regulation and lots of business-friendly reforms. But those moves have left Oklahoma ...
The resulting death-drug shortage is leading some states to revive older execution methods; in Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia, legislators have proposed the re-introduction of the electric chair, and in Utah, the state government has brought back the firing squad. As barbaric as those sound, some ...

Oklahoma did it all. And by the office's accounting, it has drastically improved Oklahoma state government's IT security and saved the state more than $372 million in annual spending. Seventy-seven agencies were involved in the project following a 2011 legal mandate, and 30 others voluntarily joined ...
This shameful failure reveals that the children of Oklahoma are not valued by our state government in the way that Jesus intends. As the people of God, we care deeply for teachers because we care deeply for the little children of our state. The Church is called to be a voice for the voiceless and to defend the ...
Legislation this is perhaps pivotal to a major shift in the structure of state government passed on reconsideration after failing earlier in the week. HB 3306, by Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore, essentially would neuter the state health commission and make the state health commissioner a direct appointee of ...
Why should you care that at least 12 Washington state newspapers recently ran front-page editorials criticizing their state Legislature's overwhelming vote to exclude itself from the voter-approved Public Records Act? Why should you care if you live in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas ...
Far greater volumes of proposed legislation, though, deal with more basic elements of state government — education, criminal justice reform and revenue and ... The constitution now requires the Legislature to appropriate a single lump sump to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, which then ...
While making his visits across Oklahoma, Fisher stopped in at Your TIMES and outlined his platform which represents the letters in ASAP. The first “A” represents abolishing abortion ... “We've allowed state government to grow too much, and spend too much, and tax too much. We need to find where there is ...
Here in Oklahoma, the state Legislature is pretty well-known. ... In Oklahoma, our judicial branch has become the poor stepchild of state government. ... Even though the Oklahoma Constitution spells out three separate but equal branches of government, Oklahoma's judiciary has been left to wither on the ...
Most recent news reports surrounding Oklahoma State government and politics have been largely negative. Yet in approximately one month, a beautiful and unifying event is set to take place at the State Capitol, one that brings people from various political and personal backgrounds together. I refer to Rose ...
Organizers say “Step Up Oklahoma” has created a plan that addresses waste and abuse through reforms and ending the boom and bust cycle of state government. “It's no longer enough for business leaders to play Monday morning quarterback. We've got to step up to partner with our elected officials in ...
“Total state spending, on the other hand, is the sum of all the many different sources of funding that flow to — and are spent by — Oklahoma's state government agencies each year. This includes state appropriations, as well as federal grants, non-appropriated spending, 'off the top' apportionments, and ...
... have New Year's resolutions, so why not state government? Here are four suggestions. First: More exercise. That is, the Legislature needs to exercise its power of the purse. Like a muscle in the body, legislative powers need action to remain strong. After the Oklahoma State Department of Health scandal ...
Capitol Report for January 6: Managing the 'cost-drivers' in Oklahoma state government, and “The Trouble with Trump” ... In this week's edition of Capitol Report on News9 in Oklahoma City, policy analyst Patrick B. McGuigan and reporter Alex Cameron discussed the three “cost-drivers” in Oklahoma ...
Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission Executive Director Kim Bailey will resign effective Dec. 19, the commission said Wednesday. Oklahoma City-based Ms. Bailey will be leaving her position to accept another role in state government, which will be announced later, the commission said in a ...
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, no executive branch, agency, board, commission, department or other entity organized within the executive branch of state government shall expend any funds on nonessential items to be provided to persons or legal entities including, but not limited to, items of ...
OKLAHOMA CITY — Most of the state Health Department layoffs will impact employees working at the county level, the agency's interim director said Monday ... He said the incident could provide a reason for taxpayers to mistrust state government and its ability to ensure money is being spent appropriately.
“It would not be accurate to try to apply what happened at the State Department of Health across the entire enterprise of state government, and I think we all do ... Cyndi Munson (D-OKC) about where state appropriations were going within the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Doerflinger noted that the ...
Professor Emeritus Robert Block had intended to call his presentation to the 25 by 25 early education conference “Science, Hope, and the Future of Oklahoma.” But then he saw the front page of the day's Tulsa World. Next to the World article “DOC Seeks $1 Billion for Next Year: Agency Says It Needs to ...
“An astonishing 13.9 percent of all household earnings in Oklahoma comes from oil and gas. The next closest state is 49 percent less than us, at 9.3 percent,” he said. “When you think about those headwinds hitting Oklahoma pocketbooks all across the state, and then hitting state government coffers, that ...
It's all wasted money — although absolutely necessary given the state's justice policies. It's a symptom of the systematic failure of state government, and the costs will only go up every year that we don't start thinking differently. Oklahoma fails to educate too many of its people or give enough of them work ...
OKLAHOMA CITY — Pleas to give the state's top executive more power are a familiar refrain in the state Capitol halls. With calls becoming commonplace, there is little surprise that Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is now asking legislators to expand the office's future authority. Fallin, who is serving her final term ...
We have a downturn in Oklahoma's oil and gas economy, and a state government frantically searching for more than $400 million to spend instead of making tough choices. As you might expect, some lawmakers are now looking to wage war against 640. They claim it confines government by making any ...
Dewey Bartlett Jr, former president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association lobbying group, said that the state needs to increase taxes on oil producers to fund services. “I came out of the closet,” Bartlett joked to the Christian Science Monitor. “We can't cut our state government to the bone and ...
“While I have always and will continue to support eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government, I strongly believe that we need to continue these efforts while solving Oklahoma's structural budget problem and fund a teacher pay raise,” Fallin said after the House failed to pass the budget bill.
As for the politics: Four losses in low-turnout special elections aside, the GOP retains overwhelming power in Oklahoma state government. The party has paid a similarly small price for its decimation of public services in Kansas. And while a Democrat now sits in the Louisiana governor's mansion, the GOP ...
FILE- In this June 8, 2017, file photo, Anna Langthorn, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, speaks during an interview at state party headquarters in Oklahoma City. The recent success of Democrats in deep-red Oklahoma amid continuing state budget problems will be put to a further test in special ...
Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, identified one major problem. “The Oklahoma state government is built on ...
Oklahoma's state government has had its day in court several times over the past few years to defend new laws from constitutional challenges.
Right now, Oklahoma lawmakers are feeling the sting of such a scheme. ... “The Oklahoma state government is built on an economy where oil ...
OKLAHOMA CITY — There is no prejudice when it comes to the ... the most frightening thing in Henry's life is the state government,” Taylor told ...
The Oklahoma House went rogue Monday to make up for some of the cuts health ... Instead, they want to see more cuts in state government.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirms that the body of 30-year-old Carnegie resident Cindy Rose Kaudlekaule was discovered ...
Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks new drunken driving law ... most frightening thing in Henry's life is the state government,” Taylor told FOX 25.
Asked if they "believe that the state government has enough funding to run our state properly" or that lawmakers should "raise taxes to fund ...


 

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