Donors to Pruitt’s Oklahoma Groups Now Lobby EPA, and Reap Benefits

As an Oklahoma politician, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt received $181,000 in political contributions from donors who lobbied the EPA last year, according to a review of data by the nonprofit organization MapLight.

Step Up Campaign Highlights Gap in State Disclosure Laws

Although the Step Up Oklahoma plan failed to pass, it highlighted a gap in state campaign finance laws that can keep much of the funding and spending on both sides of the issue a secret.   

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.

Challenges Persist After Fallin’s Budget Veto

Lawmakers will likely return to the State Capitol sooner than expected after Gov. Mary Fallin’s shocking veto of most of a budget bill approved by the Legislature only hours earlier. GOP leaders condemned the veto; Fallin’s office hasn’t fired back.

House Approves Plan to Use Broad Cuts, One-Time Savings to Fill Budget Hole

A new budget plan approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday would cut millions of dollars from dozens of state agencies and use one-time savings to bridge the state’s $215 million budget gap. It is expected to be heard in the Senate later this week. Read this agency-by-agency breakdown to see who’s cut how much.