Elimination of personal income tax is a foolhardy move, panel told (access required)

Oklahoma economists told the Task Force on Comprehensive Tax Reform Thursday that completely doing away with the state’s personal income tax would be unwise. Some state and business leaders favor the move, which they say would stimulate the economy and attract ...

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Task force launches school administrative efficiency study (access required)

NOTE: Click here for access to a National Conference of State Legislatures presentation on school administrative efficiencies and how other states have addressed the issue. Tulsa Sen. Gary Stanislawski made one thing clear about the study he co-chairs on administrative ...

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Doerflinger: Oil production boosting current revenue, but energy rebates/credits will cut GRF money (access required)

Money from increased oil production is helping fuel a rise in general revenue flowing into the state’s coffers, state finance Director Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday—with a caveat for the long term. “You can’t overestimate the impact of a boon in ...

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Task force members concerned about sales tax collection fees, procedures (access required)

The Municipal Sales Tax Task Force ended its work Tuesday with members making several individual recommendations regarding sales tax collection fees and procedures, but no plan for an overall recommendation from the panel itself. Sen. Cliff Aldridge, R-Midwest City, chairman, ...

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Special election brief: School principal, B&B owner win House District 1 primaries (access required)

Joe Silk, a 53-year-old Broken Bow bed and breakfast owner, and Curtis McDaniel, 59, Smithville High School principal, will square off at the House District 1 special election on Feb. 14, to choose a successor to Rep. Rusty Farley in the southeastern ...

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