Budget & Tax, Good Government

OKC Mayor Holt ducks reparations questions from citizens

More than six months after touting his leadership role in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt remains silent on whether he agrees with that group’s support for potential reparation payments for slavery and racial discrimination, a proposal that could cost up to $6.2 quadrillion.

Ray Carter
January 14, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Nearly $100 million unspent from school COVID funds

Although some school officials have claimed COVID-19 has created new spending needs that exceed available funding, creating financial strain in state schools, districts have been slow to spend federal bailout money provided specifically for those needs, state senators were told Monday.

Ray Carter
January 11, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Pay hikes may do little for teacher shortage, student reading

In the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers passed some of the biggest tax increases in Oklahoma history, saying the additional taxes were needed to boost teacher pay and increase the number of educators in public schools.

Ray Carter
January 11, 2021
Budget & Tax

Spending restraint may benefit 2022 state budget

Modest state spending restraint, prompted last spring in the face of an unprecedented pandemic-driven economic shutdown, may make dealing with this year’s state budget slightly easier, although it will not eliminate budget challenges, based on information presented at the December meeting of the State Board of Equalization.

Ray Carter
December 18, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Moore per-student revenue increasing

Moore Public Schools has seen steady enrollment growth throughout the past decade, with the student count growing by nearly 14 percent since 2010.

Curtis Shelton
December 18, 2020
Budget & Tax

Court case may highlight McGirt challenges for retailers

Business owners wondering how a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could upend sales-tax issues in eastern Oklahoma may get a hint from a grocery store’s legal challenges now under way in state and federal courts.

Ray Carter
December 1, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Muskogee per-pupil revenue growing

Enrollment in Muskogee Public Schools has declined by nearly 900 students, a 13 percent decrease, over the last decade. Over that same time, total revenues have fallen by 5 percent.

Curtis Shelton
November 19, 2020
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