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.

Hofmeister: More at Stake for Schools than Teacher Pay

It will take more than passing a sizable pay raise for teachers to solve Oklahoma’s education funding needs, according to state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. She told lawmakers Wednesday that the Department of Education is seeking $2.6 billion in state funds for next fiscal year – a $221 million increase over its current spending level.