Q&A: ‘Corporate Prairie Fire’ Led to Plan for Fixing State Budget

A coalition of Oklahoma business and civic leaders last week unveiled a sweeping plan to fix the state budget impasse. But will it fly in the Legislature? Two leaders – banking executive David Rainbolt and attorney and former Senate President Glenn Coffee – answer questions about the effort.

Health Department Woes Enlarge State Budget Crisis

Oklahoma lawmakers are being asked to approve $30 million in additional funding to help pay employees at the Oklahoma State Department of Health and stop the agency’s cash crunch, the interim health commissioner said Monday.

State Health Department Faces Unexplained Cash Crisis

The state Health Department is scrambling to cover an unexpected $10 million shortfall that emerged over the summer. Along with employee furloughs, layoffs and contract cuts, the agency sought payments from county-city health departments, which refused to pay.