Budget & Tax, Health Care

Does Oklahoma’s uninsured rate reflect reality?

Officially, 14 percent of Oklahomans are uninsured. But one Senate leader questions whether that statistic reflects reality because it excludes a significant number of people: those who receive care through Indian Health Service facilities or other tribal government programs.

Ray Carter
August 28, 2019
Budget & Tax, Economy, Good Government

Stitt’s proposal would not be first change to state gaming compacts

While Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call to renegotiate Oklahoma’s gaming compacts has drawn opposition, Stitt’s proposal would not be the first alteration of those state-tribal agreements. In fact, just over a year ago, the compacts were indirectly revised. And the year-ago revisions drew opposition not from tribal governments, but from officials who felt the new agreement shortchanged state government.

Ray Carter
August 26, 2019
Budget & Tax, Economy, Good Government

Deregulation could spur state growth, lawmakers told

For Oklahoma lawmakers seeking to boost economic growth and job creation in Oklahoma, one expert says a key step is to pare down regulation. “There is considerable evidence, academic evidence, that regulations slow economic growth.” 

Ray Carter
August 26, 2019
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma tribes enter Arkansas market despite higher taxes

Tribal governments have objected to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s suggestion that fees paid by tribes to state government should be boosted higher than the current 6-percent rate on slot machines. Yet, at the same time, three Oklahoma tribes are seeking to open casinos in Arkansas where the gambling tax rate is as high as 20 percent.

Ray Carter
August 22, 2019
Budget & Tax

LOFT Oversight Committee debates how to measure effectiveness

Members of the Oversight Committee for the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) voted Tuesday to begin the process of hiring a director for the newly created office, but much of the meeting was spent discussing a more fundamental question: How can officials best measure the effectiveness of LOFT without making it subject to undue political influence?

Ray Carter
August 20, 2019
Budget & Tax

Debate over state savings continues

Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to prioritize savings for future downturns continues to draw objections.

Ray Carter
August 2, 2019
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