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Fallin, Shannon differ on budget ideas (access required)

NOTE: Because I moderated this morning’s panels and question/answer sessions at the OPI summit, I could not report and write an article on it for today. Below is the Associated Press story from the event.  SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and House Speaker T.W. Shannon differ on how to tackle several major budget issues, including the …

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Blatt: Numbers show less available for appropriation for FY 15, but major needs must still be funded (access required)

December figures indicate officials will have $170 million less to divvy up among state agencies beginning in February, but fundamental needs such as education and corrections still need to be adequately funded, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt said Thursday.

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State Chamber Foundation study highlights importance of energy industry to Oklahoma economy, role of tax policy (access required)

As the Oklahoma Legislature gears up for a session in which one major issue will likely be whether to extend tax incentives for horizontally drilled oil and natural gas wells, the State Chamber Research Foundation released Tuesday the results of a study it commissioned on the importance of the energy industry to Oklahoma.

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Lawmakers, organizations react to Tulsa federal judge’s ruling striking down Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban (access required)

Tuesday’s ruling by Tulsa U.S. District Judge Terence Kern holding that the state’s 2004 law banning same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution has drawn both praise and criticism.

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Enid school superintendent chosen to lead state school board organization (access required)

Shawn Hime, superintendent of Enid Public Schools, has been selected as executive director by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, succeeding the late Jeff Mills.

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OPEA head critical of BOC talk of more private-prison use (access required)

Rather than increasing state reliance on private prisons, Board of Corrections discussions should focus more on alleviating the critical staffing shortage at state facilities and paying better wages to officers at those prisons, the executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association said Friday.

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Henry elected director of CFS2 consumer financial recovery firm (access required)

Former Gov. Brad Henry has joined the consumer financial recovery services company CFS2 as director and will be active in the firm’s strategic planning and capital planning process.

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Disagreement surfaces as to mandate for elected county officers to undergo specific training (access required)

There was no disagreement Thursday as to the need for elected county officers to undergo training, especially those who are newly minted in their positions—but a dispute did arise over whether they are required by law to participate in a training program offered by Oklahoma State University.

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Oklahoma one of top states in protection of children from tobacco, but could do more, report finds (access required)

A new report from a coalition made up of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups ranks Oklahoma sixth in the nation in funding for programs to prevent children from smoking and helping smokers quit. But it also determined that Oklahoma, like all states, could do more toward those efforts.

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Chamber-backed taxation group granted permission to file amicus brief in CDR Systems capital gains tax case (access required)

The Council on State Taxation (COST), founded in 1969 as an advisory committee to the Council on State Chambers of Commerce, has been granted permission by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to file an amicus brief in a case challenging how Oklahoma’s capital gains tax law treats the Oklahoma property of out-of-state businesses.

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