Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.

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Oklahoma’s state treasurer last week released the monthly report for May revenue collections. The report shows total gross receipts collected in May were $1.07 billion—a 10.6 percent, or $103 million, increase over the same month from the prior year. This marks the 24th month in a row of year over year revenue growth.

Source: Oklahoma Treasurer’s Economic Reports

New revenue from House Bill 1010xx amounted to $58.4 million, or 57 percent, of the total growth for the month. Legislative changes have now amounted to $507 million or 38 percent of total revenue growth for fiscal year 2019.

Source: Oklahoma Treasurer’s Economic Reports

The change in the gross production tax from 2 percent to 5 percent brought in the largest amount of new revenue at $31.1 million. The $1 increase in a pack of cigarettes brought in $14.9 million, while the six-cent increase in the diesel fuel tax brought in the smallest amount at $12.4 million. Of the four major tax sources, the gross production tax saw the largest percentage increase year-to-year at 26.8 percent. The motor vehicle tax was the only major source that saw a year over year decline at 9.4 percent.

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