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Budget & Tax, Education

Most schools get funding increase via ‘ghost student’ reform

A new report on "ghost students" confirms that the majority of districts will actually receive increased funding or face no change as a result of the law.

Ray Carter
July 23, 2021
Budget & Tax

Billions to spend with limited guidance

Approximately $11 billion in federal bailout funding is being dumped into the state of Oklahoma as the result of the passage of the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Ray Carter
July 22, 2021
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma revenue numbers encouraging, but pro-growth reforms still needed

Oklahoma’s total gross receipts for fiscal year 2021 have come in at $14.3 billion, just $80 million less than what was collected in fiscal year 2019 when adjusted for inflation.

Curtis Shelton
July 20, 2021
Budget & Tax

Tax cuts put Oklahoma on a better path

This year, lawmakers took an important step to reduce or reverse that outflow by cutting the state penalty on work—Oklahoma’s income tax.

Jonathan Small
June 28, 2021
Budget & Tax

Review shows little benefit from TSET spending

In its latest report presented to lawmakers, the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) evaluated the outcomes generated by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust spending over the past two decades.

Ray Carter
June 21, 2021
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma policymakers should beware the Biden spending binge

Late last month, most states, counties, and major cities across the country received 50% of their allotment from the bloated $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Mike Mazzei
June 14, 2021
Budget & Tax

Stitt’s decision to incentivize work is the right one

Gov. Stitt made the right move in putting an end to the $300 federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for Oklahomans.

Curtis Shelton
June 10, 2021
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