Family & Community
Restaurants and bars will operate under new restrictions announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
Due to the narrow passage of State Question 802 earlier this year, Oklahoma will expand its Medicaid program eligibility to certain able-bodied adults beginning next July.
Budget & Tax, Higher Education
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently released their budget request for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1. That request looks to increase the budget for higher education by 11.5 percent, a nearly $90 million increase.
Education, Good Government
In an all-day meeting that ran into the evening hours, the State Board of Education opted not to downgrade Epic Charter School’s accreditation status in response to alleged deficiencies. Board officials noted other schools have been given time to address concerns before facing potential probation and said Epic should not be treated any differently.
The State Board of Education has shelved the request of a Christian school to participate in a program for children with special needs and instead requested an official opinion from the state attorney general.
Due to economic fallout from the coronavirus beginning in March, Medicaid enrollment spiked nationally by 4 million.
Education, Family & Community
Following the lead of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, some state officials are demanding that Oklahoma institute a statewide mask mandate—including for school children.
Here in Oklahoma, action civics is promoted by an organization called Generation Citizen and by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Budget & Tax
Legislators’ decision to pass an unfunded cost-of-living adjustment that boosted payments to retired state government workers has left state pension systems paying out money faster than it comes in.