Category Archives: State

Illinois River states active collaboration

The Lower Illinois River below Lake Tenkiller is one of only two year-round trout fisheries in Oklahoma .

Oklahoma and Arkansas state agencies on Wednesday announced the completion of a memorandum of agreement committing both states to future collaboration in addressing water quality concerns related to the Illinois River focused on science-based regulation and permitting.  Continue reading

Is TSET wasting Oklahoma money?

Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is expected to earn $64.8 million for fiscal year 2018. These earnings come from investments from the now $1.2 billion endowment controlled by TSET and were highlighted recently by Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.    Continue reading

‘Teacher Wave’ Fizzle: Two-Thirds lost

Multiple media are reporting an Education Week analysis of midterm election data that finds that of the 177 teachers who ran for office in state legislatures during the midterms, only 42 were elected. According to the education outlet, teacher walkouts that protested teacher pay and funding for public schools spurred the campaigns.  Continue reading

Oklahoma Election results

Kevin Stitt (Center) with David and Alee McLain, Republican Party of Tulsa County at the Oklahoma GOP Watch Party Tuesday

Oklahoma elected Republican Kevin Stitt to the state’s top post with 54.34 percent of the vote Tuesday as citizens surprised pundits in several close races.

Oklahoma’s rural vote showed trends towards the Republican Party and urban areas increasingly to the Democrat Party.  Continue reading

Corrections budget request approved

The state Board of Corrections unanimously approved on Tuesday the Oklahoma Department of Corrections 2020 budget request from the State Legislature.

The $1.57-billion request includes $884 million to add 5,200 beds, $91.7 million for inmate hepatitis C treatment, $31.9 million for facility repairs, maintenance and critical needs, and $18.5 million for staff pay raises.   Continue reading