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
Good Government

Proposed election change could create costs, headaches

Some liberal activists want to require Oklahoma and other states to eliminate runoff primaries and instead use “ranked choice” voting. But Oklahoma’s top election official warns that change would involve substantial taxpayer expense and likely voter confusion.

Ray Carter
August 8, 2019
Good Government

Government transparency bill signed in ceremony

Senate Bill 271, by state Sen. Nathan Dahm and state Rep. Kyle Hilbert, requires state agencies to post annual reports online that list “all federal funds” under the agency’s control and identify, in descending order, the funding source the agency relies on “to the greatest extent.”

Ray Carter
August 6, 2019
Good Government

Review of state spending nearer with launch of LOFT

Members of the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) Oversight Committee held the group’s first meeting Tuesday, convening briefly to name two subcommittees that will develop proposals regarding the hiring of an executive director and administrative rules to guide the entity’s work.

Ray Carter
July 31, 2019
Good Government

Trump deregulation gets praise, but officials say more needed

Officials in Oklahoma and elsewhere praise the progress President Trump has made on deregulation, but caution that much work remains.

Ray Carter
July 25, 2019
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