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The Legacy and Challenges of a State Question That Shapes Bills Decades Later

When the 2014 legislative session starts Feb. 3, state lawmakers will face more than 2,000 bills and resolutions, and are expected to have $170 million less to spend than last year. They will also be confronted by agency heads, most of which will argue, publicly, for more money. Many of the bills under consideration this [...]

Most County Commissioners Expected to Support Rock and Gravel Tax Proposal

An Oklahoma gravel pit.

Lawmakers in limestone-rich south-central Oklahoma have, for years, pushed for a new tax on companies mining for rock and sand. Those efforts have failed, but the fight will be revived in the 2014 legislative session. Johnston County Commissioners have formally endorsed an organization that will lobby for a tax on sand, silica, gravel and other [...]

Three Reasons Oklahoma’s Income Tax Cut Plan Failed

Income Tax

After months of debate, discussion and rancor from lawmakers, business leaders and think-tank activists, the state legislative session will close today without an income tax cut. Cutting the personal income tax was a top priority for Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican legislators. More than a half-dozen income tax-cutting measures were filed. Some contained immediate reductions; [...]

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