Feb. 4, 2019: What’s in the new governor’s first budget proposal? Flat agency appropriations, modest increase for education, money to savings (Tulsa World)

Gov. Kevin Stitt was not kidding when he told state lawmakers in December not to be quick to divvy up the $612 million in new revenue then projected for Fiscal Year 2020.

On Monday, Stitt proposed an FY 2020 budget that holds most agencies’ appropriations flat and puts $382.6 million into what amounts to savings…

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Dec. 27, 2018: Stitt tells lawmakers that a one-time revenue jump isn’t an excuse for a spending spree… or ‘tinkering with the tax code’ (Tulsa World)

Preliminary revenue numbers presented to the state’s top elected officials last week show the Legislature will have more money to spend next year than it is spending this year.

That’s great.

It means the Oklahoma economy is growing, the tax increases passed earlier this year to fund teacher pay increases are covering the needed costs and there . . .  read more

May 6, 2019: Tulsa World editorial: Oklahoma’s future begins with a robust higher education system … and a robust higher education system begins with more state funding (Tulsa World)

Gov. Kevin Stitt and a top legislative leader are indicating that the state is ready to reinvest in its higher education system. Good.

Rep. Kevin Wallace, chairman of the House Appropriations and Budgets Committee, told state regents last week that when the state’s budget for fiscal year 2020 is rolled out, he expects a $28 million increase in funding . . .  read more

April 26, 2019: An education hill worth climbing (Oklahoman)

In December 2017, a task force that studied the future of higher education in Oklahoma voted to give the governing boards of seven schools until June 30, 2019, to merge with larger governing boards. As the deadline nears, the number of mergers stands at zero.

This isn’t terribly surprising. These schools have been governed the same way for a long . . .  read more

April 23, 2019: ‘Free speech zones’ on campus: Oklahoma House split on whether they promote or stifle free speech, sends bill to governor (Tulsa World)

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives exercised their First Amendment rights for 75 minutes Monday afternoon before passing a measure that opposing protagonists argued may or may not encourage free speech on college campuses.

Senate Bill 361, by Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, would prohibit the state’s public colleges and universities . . .  read more