House Approves Plan to Use Broad Cuts, One-Time Savings to Fill Budget Hole

A new budget plan approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday would cut millions of dollars from dozens of state agencies and use one-time savings to bridge the state’s $215 million budget gap. It is expected to be heard in the Senate later this week. Read this agency-by-agency breakdown to see who’s cut how much.

Winners and Losers in the Failed Vote on Tax Package

In the end, the backing of a tax package by the governor, dozens of health-care, education and public-policy advocates, and other leaders wasn’t enough Wednesday. Who were the winners and losers in the failed vote on a plan to fill most of the budget gap?

Expensive Battle Likely if Oil, Gas Tax Hike Goes to Voters

The showdown over Oklahoma’s tax on oil and gas production will go statewide if a proposal to raise the tax for all wells to 7 percent makes the November 2018 ballot. Many voters appear to favor the hike, but large sums would likely be spent to sway their votes.

Newly Obtained Surveys Reveal Concerns Over Education Standards Law

Advocates for students with disabilities, minority students and low-income students weighed in on the state’s plan for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These and other stakeholders questioned the law’s grouping of students, test translations and continued use of school letter grades.