Dank tax credit study launches Friday (access required)

Rep. David Dank will open his much-anticipated study of state tax credits with a look at the fact that some credits can be used to soften the effect of guaranty-fund assessments on insurance companies. The Task Force for the Study of ...

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Stanford University project tracks newspaper numbers over time (access required)

Stanford University has developed a neat project that tracks U.S. newspapers over time, which has produced some interesting information using data from the Library of Congress. For example, this year there are about 13,670 newspapers throughout the country. That has ...

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Smith says he welcomes hand recount in Cherokee election (access required)

Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told tribal members Wednesday that he welcomes the hand recount of ballots in the election for principal chief that was ordered by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. “With this recount, every Cherokee ...

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Health department cuts travel costs by 39.5 percent with trip optimizer (access required)

The State Health Department has reduced its travel costs by $1.6 million, a whopping 39.5 percent, using the trip optimizer program authorized by the legislature in 2008. “Partnering with fleet management has allowed the OSDH to increase efficiency and focus ...

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Federal health-care law keeps states’ bill drafters busy (access required)

The 2010 federal health care law spawned a massive amount of state legislation this year, with more than 800 measures filed to address (or repudiate) one aspect or another of the measure that has sparked controversy in some states, including ...

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Local groups taking over state parks scheduled for closure (access required)

The city of Heavener has taken over Runestone Park, the town of Beaver will assume management of Beaver Dunes State Park in August, and now the Osage Nation is stepping up to operate Wah-Sha-She State Park upon approval of its ...

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State could lose one-third of federal highway funding under House proposal, Ridley tells commission (access required)

Oklahoma could see up to a 34 percent cut in its federal highway money under a proposal in a congressional committee, state transportation Director told the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Monday. Under the proposal, the state’s federal transportation funding would be ...

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Rainy day fund due fiscal year-end deposit of $219 million, largest since 2005 (access required)

Oklahoma’s constitutional rainy day fund will receive a $219 million shot in the arm after the state’s general-revenue books close out on June 30, State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger announced Monday. “And while we will likely face a tight budget ...

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