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General appropriation bill passes House; Senate vote may come early next week (access required)

In the end the $7.1 billion budget agreement did not have universal support in the House—a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting against it—but the measure eventually passed on a vote of 59-40.

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House Democrats offer own FY 2014 budget proposal with pay hikes for corrections officers/state troopers and one-time bonus for state workers (access required)

In a rare move Thursday, House Democrats put forth their own idea for a FY 2014 budget they said would provide pay increases for corrections offices and state troopers, give state employees a one-time $1,000 bonus and provide more funding for common and higher education than the $7.1 billion leadership plan.

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Dank: Vote killing tax credit sunset bill ‘absolutely disgusting’; lawmaker pulls related bills from subcommittee consideration (access required)

Terming a 3-10 subcommittee vote killing his tax credit sunset bill “absolutely disgusting,” Rep. David Dank pulled his two remaining measures from consideration by the Revenue and Tax Subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee Friday evening.

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House Democrats back education agency’s request for $300 million funding increase (access required)

The State Department of Education’s request for $300 million in additional money has the support of the House Democratic Caucus, its leaders announced late Wednesday afternoon.

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BREAKING: House turns down State Capitol bond issue 15-77; Native American center bond issue fails in Senate (access required)

Wednesday evening: HB 3156, the $200 million State Capitol and Capitol Complex bond issue measure, just died in the House by a vote of 15-77. Lots of debate on whether there is going to be an income tax cut, not going into further debt to fund the capital improvement needs, criticism of taking EDGE money to pay for endowed chairs,  …

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House vote gives OETA two-year extension (access required)

Discussion of whether the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority should remain a state entity is not new, but the debate has intensified this session.

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Jolley income tax-elimination bill clears House subcommittee (access required)

A measure by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, that would eliminate the Oklahoma personal income tax by 2022 passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Subcommittee Monday, clearing another hurdle as it and other income tax-cut bills are moved along through the process. An income tax reduction is one component of a three-legged stool that also includes eliminating some tax …

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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 to these teachers that if they would show beyond normal criteria, that it would work basically the same as merit …

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