Tag: Oklahoma Government

Getting It in Writing: Controversial Abortion Bills Pass in Committee

Getting It in Writing: Controversial Abortion Bills Pass in Committee

NewsUCentral- February 22, 2017

Oklahoma recently introduced some controversial abortion bills that have drawn public ire. Read More

Plenty of Problems with Oklahoma Abortion Bill Besides ‘Host’ Comment

Plenty of Problems with Oklahoma Abortion Bill Besides ‘Host’ Comment

OpinionMegan Prather- February 17, 2017

Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak before a Public Health Committee at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Humphrey submitted House Bill 1441 requiring ... Read More

Fallin’s Budget Proposes Cuts

Fallin’s Budget Proposes Cuts

NewsOlanrewaju Suleiman- February 17, 2014

During Governor Mary Fallin's annual State of State Address, she highlighted certain aspects of her executive budget. The budget has aspects that could both help and hurt many Oklahomans. The state department of education will be on the receiving end of funds. They will be getting $50 million in funding. It will go towards educational programs, building funds, and general aspects of operations for the school districts. The state capitol building will be receiving $120 million. Fallin has a proposed bond that will allow the building to have significant renovations. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Corrections Department and state troopers will each be getting funding for their respective offices. One of the more controversial aspects of Fallin's budget proposal was lowering the tax  rate of high-income earners in Oklahoma.  State employees will be receiving no raises in pay. This includes everyone from welfare workers to Oklahomans who work at the capitol. Fallin sparked controversy once again by changing Oklahoma's pension benefit program. Her plan, which requires changing the 401 K program, would reduce the overall amount of payment to retired state employees. Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller sees how there could be both good and bad. "There are some very ambitious goals," he said. "When there are budget talks, money will always be brought up." Fourkiller notes that the proposed cuts and lack of funding could greatly impact the lives of Oklahomans. "Tax cuts can make it tough on people," he said. "Agencies having funding cut will limit the people in the state." The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma  Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa are currently major issues in the state. The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and the Museum of Pop Culture both need $40 million in funding. When Fallin issued her 209 page executive budget, she did not mention either project. ... Read More