By Arthur Kane | | Feb 16, 2015 5:00 AM | 75
Oklahoma taxpayers, who have a $600 million state budget hole to fill, are funding museums to late humorist Will Rogers and a massive gun collection, a space development authority and staffing a Native American museum scheduled to open in 2017 — but only if it can get millions more in funding.
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 11, 2015 5:00 AM
By Arthur Kane | In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks. But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money. Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Jan 28, 2015 5:00 AM | 85
An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.
By Rob Nikolewski | | Jan 21, 2015 5:00 AM | 11
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it's a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.
By Arthur Kane | | Jan 15, 2015 5:00 AM | 16
By Arthur Kane | University of Oklahoma accounting professor Dipankar Ghosh took home $224,400 in pay last year and the school paid him another $88,349 for additional administrative work for a total salary of $312,749, school records show. Hong Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, took home $306,000 last year as a base salary, according to [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Dec 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Tulsa, Okla., City Manager Jim Twombly apparently doesn’t know how much taxpayers pay to retiring workers in accrued sick and vacation leave each year, and he has ignored an open records request on city salaries for more than a month.
By Rob Nikolewski | | Dec 17, 2014 5:00 AM | 490
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.
By Steve Wilson | | Dec 02, 2014 9:19 AM | 144
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves supports junking Common Core and replacing it with a new curriculum.
By Arthur Kane | | Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM | 53
By Arthur Kane | Only about 25,000 illegal immigrants in Oklahoma are likely to benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order, but that modest number of people still could cost taxpayers nearly $200 million a year if they receive full welfare, Social Security and other benefits. However, the good news is that the executive order will save [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Nov 26, 2014 5:00 AM | 20
In the past five years, Oklahoma City taxpayers have cut checks totaling $20.6 million to retiring city employees for accrued vacation and sick leave, found through an analysis of city databases.