Yin and yang: What would an ideal Oklahoma tax system look like? (access required)

Members of a tax reform task force heard from policy groups on both sides Thursday, as officials with the Oklahoma Policy Institute and Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs presented their views on what the state’s tax structure should look like. ...

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Oklahoma tax system compared to Texas, other states (access required)

The overall Oklahoma tax system is less reliant on property taxes than some states, but its average combined state and city sales and use taxes are higher than some, a task force studying the state’s tax system was told Thursday. ...

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Mazzei, Dank outline path for tax reform task force, want to eliminate personal income tax (access required)

Oklahoma lawmakers launched a task force Thursday whose goal is no less than to comprehensively reform the state’s tax code, a lofty effort that has met with mixed results in the past. However, given that one of the stated goals ...

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Clock ticking for states to comply with federal health care law, panel told (access required)

Oklahoma lawmakers who thought they had a couple of years to comply—or not—with the new federal health care law called “Obamacare” by its detractors expressed surprise Wednesday when they were told it is estimated that states should start on the ...

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Closing fund unconstitutional on several fronts, Fent tells court referee (access required)

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent said Wednesday that he isn’t hinging his legal challenge to legislation that created the Quick Action Closing Fund solely on his argument that requiring legislative leaders to consult with the governor on applications for funding ...

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Fent loses another round in challenge to measure transferring transportation funds (access required)

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied attorney Jerry Fent’s application for the justices to assume original jurisdiction in his case challenging a budget bill that transfers certain transportation funds. “I’m really sad that they did that and didn’t get to ...

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Legislative leaders consulting on Quick Action Closing Fund is not a constitutional violation, court told (access required)

The fact that legislative leaders will consult with the governor on recommendations for projects to receive money from the new Quick Action Closing Fund does not constitute a violation of the constitutional separation of powers, a state attorney has told ...

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Independence of legislature is at stake in Leftwich bribery case, state justices told (access required)

To Oklahoma County prosecutors the case against former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich is a legal action alleging criminal wrongdoing. To attorneys representing Leftwich and the state Senate, the case involves no less than the integrity and independence of the legislative ...

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Federal judges hear appeal of decision halting enforcement of Oklahoma law banning consideration of Sharia law by state courts (access required)

 Three federal appellate judges are hearing arguments today on both sides of a lower court decision that stalled a law approved last year by Oklahoma voters prohibiting state judges from considering Islamic Sharia law or international law in court cases. ...

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