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Oklahoma Gets More Spending Money, But an Energy Industry Allowance Doubles

Workers with Diamond Well Service drill a 3,100-foot deep oil well.

Income tax and sales tax collections are up, and lawmakers will have about $43 million more to appropriate this year. That’s good news for an upcoming fiscal year with an estimated $100 million hole. But energy industry estimates were too generous. Natural gas prices are down, and anticipated revenues from gross production taxes have been [...]

Roadshow Comments: ‘It Feels Like a Broken Promise’

State Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, speaks with an audience member after paneling a state budget town-hall forum in Tulsa.

We kicked off our three-city roadshow on the state budget last night, and the Tulsa event couldn’t have gone better. The two lawmakers on our panel — state Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, and Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville — talked about their priorities for the upcoming legislative session and highlighted the budget-related topics most likely to [...]

Billions in State Tax Breaks, But No Complete List

Steve Conrad, owner of Conrad Farms, shows off the tractor he converted to pick spinach.

When Oklahomans fill out their state tax forms, most receive some form of break on what’s owed, whether it’s credits, deductions or exemptions on income, sales, excise, franchise or gross production taxes. So just how many tax and fee breaks does Oklahoma have on the books? StateImpact Oklahoma has been asking for a few months [...]

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