Four Weeks into the Session, a Closer Look at Where Things Stand

At the one-quarter mark of the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers have a number of unresolved issues — chiefly the $878 million budget gap for next fiscal year. But many Republicans want to look at possible spending and tax-break cuts before they decide on revenue-raising ideas.

Time to Panic? Policymakers, Public Divided on ‘Dire’ Budget Warnings

Gov. Mary Fallin and supporters argue that politically unpopular decisions are needed to fix a grim budget situation. Republican legislative leaders are downplaying the idea that they must either raise taxes or slash core government services. A new poll shows the public is similarly divided.

Sales Tax on Amazon Will Boost State, Local Budgets

Online retail giant Amazon will start charging sales taxes to Oklahoma customers in March – a move that will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local governments. However, it won’t address next fiscal year’s budget shortfall.

Higher Ed Leader Pushes for Restoring Most of Large Cuts

Colleges and universities, which took a 16 percent funding hit in the last legislative session, are pushing to have most of that money restored. Chancellor Glen Johnson told lawmakers Friday that a strong higher education system is key to creating good jobs.