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.

Expensive Battle Likely if Oil, Gas Tax Hike Goes to Voters

The showdown over Oklahoma’s tax on oil and gas production will go statewide if a proposal to raise the tax for all wells to 7 percent makes the November 2018 ballot. Many voters appear to favor the hike, but large sums would likely be spent to sway their votes.

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.

Second Time’s a Charm? Budget Again Hinges on Tobacco Tax

When legislators began a special session Monday, they faced a familiar dilemma: Can they muster enough Republican and Democratic votes to pass a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax? Or will an impasse lead to cuts in core state services? Find out why the math points to a standoff and partisan blaming.