With teacher pay hikes omitted from the budget approved Friday, Oklahoma could fall to the bottom of the heap nationally in teacher salaries. The only funding option left this year is a penny sales tax hike that voters will consider in November.
Some state lawmakers are justifying their decision to curtail a tax credit for the working poor by declaring the state shouldn’t subsidize people who owe no income taxes. But several state tax breaks essentially do the same thing for businesses.
An Oklahoma attorney general opinion held that out-of-state handgun licenses obtained by Oklahomans online are as valid as Oklahoma-issued handgun licenses, even if the other state has more lenient requirements.
New documents published by the U.S. Department of Education identify which Oklahoma religious colleges and universities have received an exemption from Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination.