Brian Bingman http://kgou.org en Unlike Previous Years, Only Two Questions On Oklahoma Ballot In 2014...For Now http://kgou.org/post/unlike-previous-years-only-two-questions-oklahoma-ballot-2014for-now <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">After deciding 17 state questions in the past two general elections, Oklahoma voters this year currently will have only a couple of items to consider in November.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Associated Press 30032 at http://kgou.org Unlike Previous Years, Only Two Questions On Oklahoma Ballot In 2014...For Now At Legislative Midpoint, Negotiations To Begin On Oklahoma Budget, Policy http://kgou.org/post/legislative-midpoint-negotiations-begin-oklahoma-budget-policy <p><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma's</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Associated Press 26235 at http://kgou.org At Legislative Midpoint, Negotiations To Begin On Oklahoma Budget, Policy Support For Common Core Waning At State Capitol http://kgou.org/post/support-common-core-waning-state-capitol <p></p><p>Strong backers of the education standards originally created by the <a href="http://www.nga.org/cms/home.html">National Governors Association</a>, including its current chair, <a href="http://ok.gov/governor">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> (R-Okla.), are distancing themselves from the reform.</p><p>House Minority Leader <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=94">Scott Inman</a> blames Fallin for failing to lead on the issue.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:45:59 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26124 at http://kgou.org Support For Common Core Waning At State Capitol Senate Approves Quarter Percent Oklahoma Income Tax Cut http://kgou.org/post/senate-approves-quarter-percent-oklahoma-income-tax-cut <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate approved a </span><a href="http://bit.ly/1geVAeQ" style="line-height: 1.5;">bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thursday morning that would cut the Oklahoma income tax rate a quarter of a percent down to five. The bill passed on a 32-10 margin, with mostly Democrats opposing it.</span></p><p>Minority leader <a href="http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/biographies/burrage_bio.html">Sean Burrage</a> (D-Claremore) argued nearly 40 percent of residents won't see any tax break, and would rather have the state pay for good schools, rather than receive less than $100 back on their income taxes.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:19:47 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 24160 at http://kgou.org Senate Approves Quarter Percent Oklahoma Income Tax Cut Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan http://kgou.org/post/fallin-proposes-election-school-safety-plan <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><a href="http://ok.gov/governor">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> says&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:40:36 +0000 Associated Press, Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 22136 at http://kgou.org Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan Oil And Gas Tax Breaks Leaving Millions On The Table In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/oil-and-gas-tax-breaks-leaving-millions-table-oklahoma <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It's not looking good for Oklahoma's budget.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">State leaders expect a $170 million shortfall. This year's budget was just half a percent larger than five years ago, without adjusting for inflation. And projections estimate a deficit of up to $2 billion by 2035.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Matt Trotter & KWGS Public Radio Tulsa 21986 at http://kgou.org Oil And Gas Tax Breaks Leaving Millions On The Table In Oklahoma Bingman Considers Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Run http://kgou.org/post/bingman-considers-oklahoma-corporation-commissioner-run <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem <a href="http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/biographies/bingman_bio.html">Brian&nbsp;<font color="red">Bingman</font></a>&nbsp;says he's considering whether to leave his Senate seat to run for a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Associated Press 21734 at http://kgou.org Bingman Considers Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Run Fallin Signs Sweeping Workers' Compensation Bill http://kgou.org/post/fallin-signs-sweeping-workers-compensation-bill <p><a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/">Gov. Mary Fallin</a>&nbsp;signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of the way Oklahoma treats workers hurt on the job. <a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb1062&amp;Session=1300">Senate Bill 1062</a> changes the state’s court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative plan.</p><p>Supporters of the bill, including its authors, <a href="http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/biographies/bingman_bio.aspx">Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman</a> and <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=62">House Speaker T.W. Shannon</a>, say it will reduce costs for businesses.</p><p>But detractors, including many Democrats, say the new law saves money at the expense of injured workers and does nothing to reduce medical costs associated with workers’ compensation claims.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:08:33 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 5319 at http://kgou.org Fallin Signs Sweeping Workers' Compensation Bill Okla. GOP Leaders Agree on Tax Cuts for 2015 http://kgou.org/post/okla-gop-leaders-agree-tax-cuts-2015 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican leaders at the State Capitol gathered in the Blue Room Tuesday to announce what they’re calling major agreements on several key proposals before lawmakers this session.</span></p><p>Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) each took turns describing the plan to cut state income taxes, change the workers’ compensation system and repair the State Capitol.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:18:55 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 4499 at http://kgou.org Okla. GOP Leaders Agree on Tax Cuts for 2015 Medicaid, Apologies, and Workers' Comp at the State Capitol This Week http://kgou.org/post/medicaid-apologies-and-workers-comp-state-capitol-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Democrats started off the week by gathering members of their caucus and supporters of an expansion to the Medicaid insurance program. House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) says Oklahomans have sent approximately $27 billion in taxpayer dollars to the federal government.</span></p><p class="News"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="News">“We come together as a community of Oklahoma citizens today and call upon our governor and our legislative leaders to just bring some of those $27 billion back to Oklahoma to take care of those people who desperately need healthcare.”<o:p></o:p></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:53:46 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 4189 at http://kgou.org Medicaid, Apologies, and Workers' Comp at the State Capitol This Week