Brown: Not funding National Board teacher bonuses breaks promise (access required)

 A Democratic lawmaker from Tahlequah wants the legislature to ensure that money is set aside each year to fund bonuses for teachers who undergo the demanding process of attaining National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification each year. “We made a commitment ...

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Grocery-store wine, strong beer sales may face uphill battle with public (access required)

Legislative efforts to let Oklahomans vote on whether to allow wine and/or strong beer sales in grocery stores went nowhere during the 2011 session, with the most successful move the creation of a task force to study the issue. A new ...

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What ruffles Dank’s feathers? What he didn’t hear at the latest tax credit reviews (access required)

“The big thing that I didn’t hear, that I asked them to tell me in my opening remarks, was where are the jobs? It’s kind of like, ‘Where’s the beef?’” That’s Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, irritated by what he ...

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Workers’ comp, agency consolidation laws take effect Friday (access required)

Can it really be 90 days since sine die adjournment of the Oklahoma Legislature? Why, yes it can—otherwise, a whole boatload of significant legislation would not be going into effect today (Friday). It would be difficult  to pick a single measure ...

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Lawmakers question why little of Capital Investment Board tax credits go to Oklahoma firms (access required)

 As little as 10 percent or 11 percent of tax credits issued by the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board goes to Oklahoma firms, Tulsa Sen. Tom Adelson said Wednesday. “How is that useful to the state?” he asked. That percentage may ...

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Eight candidates to vie for House District 1 in special election (access required)

Filing for the vacant House District 1 seat closed out Wednesday afternoon with eight candidates, including Republican Keith Bain, 55, a farmer from Valliant. He was the only person to file on Wednesday. Bain’s entrance into the race means that ...

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Small business, rural venture capital tax credit days numbered? (access required)

At least two state tax credits, for small business and rural venture capital projects, may soon be wiped off the statute books. Speaking for The State Chamber, former State Treasurer Scott Meacham said there are structural problems with the tax ...

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Tax credits must be good for public, Dank says (access required)

“The one fundamental question we have to ask about all of the issues that come before us in this task force is: Does common sense tell us that this is a good deal for the taxpayers of Oklahoma? The question ...

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