Budget & Tax

Oklahoma budget timeline explained

Last year Oklahoma had a budget surplus of $355 million. In the three previous years, Oklahoma experienced revenue shortfalls prompting across-the-board spending cuts and a special legislative session.

Rick Farmer, Ph.D.
December 19, 2019
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma tribes pursue casinos in states with higher rates

In arguing against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call for the State of Oklahoma to receive higher exclusivity payments for monopoly casino rights, Oklahoma’s tribal casino operators often argue that the benefits of the state’s low rates accrue to Oklahoma anyway because they have nowhere else to go with their earnings.

Ray Carter
December 16, 2019
Budget & Tax, Health Care

State government funds group that blames health problems on racism

In recent years, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has paid at least $1.6 million to an organization that “believes that the most powerful risk factors in health are laws and policies that have perpetuated the legacy of racism, discrimination, and segregation throughout our nation’s history.”

Ray Carter
December 13, 2019
Budget & Tax

State savings may increase even in flat budget year

State lawmakers will likely face a flat budget in the 2020 session, with possibly less revenue than what was certified last year. But state savings could increase, nonetheless.

Ray Carter
December 12, 2019
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma City makes the nice list

A new report ranks Oklahoma City the number-one city in North America in “ease of doing business.” 

Curtis Shelton
December 11, 2019
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Conflict seen between Medicaid effort, food-stamp reform

As Oklahoma prepares for a likely statewide vote in 2020 on dramatically expanding the Medicaid entitlement to cover hundreds of thousands of able-bodied adults, the state is ironically ahead of national trends in controlling the expansion of a second entitlement program—food stamps—for a similar population.

Mike Brake
December 10, 2019