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.

After Governor Played Her Hand, How Will Legislature Respond?

If Monday was any indication, the next four months will be a challenging, and perhaps contentious, time at the State Capitol. In this recording, Oklahoma Watch’s Trevor Brown and Brad Gibson discuss Fallin’s proposals and what kind of reception they’re likely to get during the session.

A Deeper Look at Fallin’s State of the State Address

Oklahoma Watch writers annotate key parts of Gov. Mary Fallin’s “State of the State” address Monday, offering context and analysis. Fallin called for eliminating the sales tax on food and the corporate income tax, while endorsing a teacher pay raise and hiking the tobacco and gasoline taxes.