state budget http://kgou.org en Government Budget Hurting Again In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/government-budget-hurting-again-oklahoma <p style="margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 16px; color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><a href="http://okpolicy.org/events/2014-budget-summit">The Oklahoma Policy Institute</a> says although Oklahoma is now several years removed from the worst of the fiscal crisis that accompanied the Great Recession, the state continues to face significant budget challenges.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:37:53 +0000 KGOU Staff 23910 at http://kgou.org Government Budget Hurting Again In Oklahoma Oklahoma's Dept. Of Human Services Needs $33 Million This Year http://kgou.org/post/oklahomas-dept-human-services-needs-33-million-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The director of&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma's</font>&nbsp;Department of Human Services is asking lawmakers to appropriate almost $33 million in state tax dollars to operate the agency through the end of June.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Associated Press 23898 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Dept. Of Human Services Needs $33 Million This Year Oklahoma House Income Tax Cut Bill Advances http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-house-income-tax-cut-bill-advances <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">A plan to deeply slash the state's income tax from 5.25 percent to 4 percent during the next four years has cleared its first hurdle.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation voted 10-3 Monday to approve the bill, which now heads to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:33:00 +0000 Associated Press 23020 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma House Income Tax Cut Bill Advances Oklahoma Budget Briefings To Focus On Cuts http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-budget-briefings-focus-cuts <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;legislators will begin budget briefings with various state agencies amid projections they will have about $170 million less to spend on state programs this year.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Members of House and Senate budget subcommittees will begin hearing presentations on Tuesday at the state Capitol.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 21582 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Budget Briefings To Focus On Cuts State Revenue Remains Short Of Pre-Recession Levels http://kgou.org/post/state-revenue-remains-short-pre-recession-levels <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 19.488636016845703px;">General Revenue Fund collections have increased annually since hitting their “Great Recession” low in fiscal year 2010. Fiscal year 2013 collections totaled $5.575 billion, $1 billion more than the $4.621 billion collected in FY2010, but still remain below their pre-recession high.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 eCapitol 10177 at http://kgou.org State Revenue Remains Short Of Pre-Recession Levels Lawmakers Fail to Stop Fee Increases: What You'll Be Paying More For This Fall http://kgou.org/post/lawmakers-fail-stop-fee-increases-what-youll-be-paying-more-fall Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon says user fees have gone up by about $100 million since 2007, and he wanted to ban most fee increases this past legislative session.<p>But in the end, it was more of a technicality than worry over how to fund the government that killed House Bill 1914.<p>Shannon&#8217;s bill passed the House and Senate, but was never sent to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:55:07 +0000 Logan Layden 7154 at http://kgou.org Budget With $5 Million For Legislative Offices Passes Senate http://kgou.org/post/budget-5-million-legislative-offices-passes-senate <p>Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to sign a bill heading her way that would provide $7.1 billion to fund state government.</p><p>The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the <a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=hb2301&amp;Session=1300">general appropriations bill</a> Tuesday that increases spending by nearly $270 million over the current year’s budget.</p><p>Eight Republicans joined the dozen Senate Democrats in opposing the legislation.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 21:46:20 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 5900 at http://kgou.org Budget With $5 Million For Legislative Offices Passes Senate House Expected to Consider OHP Raise http://kgou.org/post/house-expected-consider-ohp-raise <p>The Oklahoma House is expected to consider a measure that would increase the amount of money Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers receive each month for an equipment allowance.</p><p>A bill expected to be considered next week would boost the troopers' monthly allowance from $150 to $300, effectively giving them an $1,800 annual raise. The bill would still need to pass both the House and Senate.</p><p>The money to pay for the increase was freed up from the Department of Public Safety's operating budget after a bill passed earlier this session to increase driver's license fees.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 23:23:35 +0000 Associated Press 5666 at http://kgou.org House Expected to Consider OHP Raise Prison Workers At "Breaking Point," Seek More Funding http://kgou.org/post/prison-workers-breaking-point-seek-more-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma prison workers say they are worn out due to staffing shortages, low wages and the increasing prison population.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a dozen uniformed prison guards visited the state Capitol Wednesday, urging lawmakers to reconsider their decision not to support a pay raise for workers at the </span><a href="http://www.doc.state.ok.us/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Corrections</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“DOC is at a breaking point,” said Sgt. David Edelman, an officer at the <a href="http://www.doc.state.ok.us/facilities/institutions/larc.htm">Lexington Assessment and Reception Center</a>. “We are being forced to do 60-to-80 hours a week, and used to we could ask for overtime, but not anymore, we’re being forced.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A $12 million proposal to give prison workers a five percent pay increase stalled earlier this session in a House committee.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 14:28:47 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 5528 at http://kgou.org Prison Workers At "Breaking Point," Seek More Funding Lawmakers Approve Income Tax Cut Despite Threat of Reimbursment Costs http://kgou.org/post/lawmakers-approve-income-tax-cut-despite-threat-reimbursment-costs <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A lawsuit by an out-of-state company that challenges a tax break on&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">capital</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px Mon, 06 May 2013 13:08:02 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 5285 at http://kgou.org Lawmakers Approve Income Tax Cut Despite Threat of Reimbursment Costs