Scott Inman http://kgou.org en Fallin-Led Panel Seeks Fix For Legislative Budget http://kgou.org/post/fallin-led-panel-seeks-fix-legislative-budget <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin will decide how to handle a $7.9 million hiccup in the state budget that was approved by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Board of Equalization will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a recent opinion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that says the Legislature's decision to divert about $7.9 million from a college scholarship program was unconstitutional. The diverted revenue was part of a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that funds most state government functions for the fiscal year beginning July 1.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Associated Press & eCapitol 32127 at http://kgou.org Fallin-Led Panel Seeks Fix For Legislative Budget Top House Democrat: No Time For Tax Cut In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/top-house-democrat-no-time-tax-cut-oklahoma <p></p><p>The&nbsp;Oklahoma&nbsp;House's top Democrat says critical state education and transportation needs coupled with declining tax revenue means the timing is not right to pass an income tax cut this year.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:38 +0000 Associated Press 27503 at http://kgou.org Top House Democrat: No Time For Tax Cut In Oklahoma Minority Leader Inman Confident House Dems Can Hold 29 Seats http://kgou.org/post/minority-leader-inman-confident-house-dems-can-hold-29-seats <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 19.5px;">House Minority Leader <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=94">Scott Inman</a> (D-Del City) called last week "interesting” with candidate filing and legislation passing House Appropriations and Budget Committee to fund the Native American Cultural Center and Museum.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:02:00 +0000 eCapitol & Shawn Ashley 27213 at http://kgou.org Minority Leader Inman Confident House Dems Can Hold 29 Seats 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 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 Feds Plan To Continue Insure Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/feds-plan-continue-insure-oklahoma <p>The federal government will let the state continue to operate its <a href="http://www.insureoklahoma.org/">Insure Oklahoma</a> program while it considers expanding Medicaid and taking a greater amount of federal money to insure the poor.</p><p><a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> announced Friday morning that the waiver for Insure Oklahoma would be for one year.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 13020 at http://kgou.org Feds Plan To Continue Insure Oklahoma 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. Legislators, Governor Reach Deal on Budget http://kgou.org/post/okla-legislators-governor-reach-deal-budget <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers have until the end of this month to complete their work, including the passing of a state budget. The adjournment date might come sooner with the announcement of an agreement on how to spend the state’s money.</span></p><p>The budget to pay for Oklahoma’s government will be $7.1 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, under an agreement between <a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/" target="_blank">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> and legislative leaders. For most state agencies the amount of money they’ll receive in the new budget year is the same as last, but Fallin says the largest increase in the budget is for public schools in Oklahoma.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 11:45:16 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 5131 at http://kgou.org Okla. Legislators, Governor Reach Deal on Budget Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again http://kgou.org/post/okla-house-kills-texting-and-driving-ban-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Oklahoma House for the third time this session has derailed a proposal to ban texting while driving. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The latest text ban attempt came in the form of an amendment by State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) on a bill dealing with reckless driving penalties.</p><p>The amendment was tabled Tuesday with a 49-37 vote. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:01:38 +0000 Associated Press 4431 at http://kgou.org Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again