Family & Community

‘Risky’ counties can have few COVID-19 cases

In a majority of Oklahoma counties a COVID-19 diagnosis for three or fewer individuals can elevate the entire county’s daily infection rate to a “moderate risk” level some policymakers say should trigger various forms of mandatory shutdown.

Ray Carter
August 10, 2020
Budget & Tax

Stitt opposes additional federal bailouts for states

Members of Congress are currently debating whether to provide another round of federal bailout money to state governments in response to the COVID-19 recession.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Family & Community

COVID hospitalizations steadying?

At the start of the pandemic, the average hospitalization for COVID-19 ran from 10 to 12 days. Currently, those stays are typically between five and eight days.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Budget & Tax

McGirt decision could upend regulations, taxes

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reestablished Indian reservations in Oklahoma is creating broad uncertainty and threatens to result in regulatory chaos that will drive businesses away from the state, according to state leaders.

Ray Carter
August 6, 2020
Budget & Tax

Tax collections raise concern about budget gamble

The Republican-controlled Legislature wanted to drain most state government savings and leave little in reserve for next year, while Gov. Kevin Stitt called for reining in spending to preserve greater savings for next year.

Ray Carter
August 5, 2020
Judicial Reform

Judicial nominating process fueling conflicts of interest?

The secretive process used to appoint judges in Oklahoma through the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission has drawn increasing criticism in recent years.

Ray Carter
August 5, 2020
Education

State mandate could have closed COVID-free schools

The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently opted against imposing state mandates that dictate how school districts should handle COVID-19 response, including forced closure of schools, and opted instead to provide guidance.

Ray Carter
August 4, 2020