Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Education, First Amendment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Oklahoma, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy Oklahoma legislature website

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
It’s a bill that Sharks and the Jets would love.
State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, introduced legislation that is perfect for the gangs in “West Side Story” because it legalizes carrying switchblade knives. But under Senate Bill 198, daggers, Bowie knives and sword canes would still have to stay home.
And a bill by […]

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Oklahoma senator seeks to eliminate agencies, but fears GOP opposition

By   /  February 16, 2015  /  Government Waste, News, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy Museum website

Oklahoma taxpayers, who have a $600 million state budget hole to fill, are funding museums to late humorist Will Rogers and a massive gun collection, a space development authority and staffing a Native American museum scheduled to open in 2017 — but only if it can get millions more in funding.

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Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy Oklahoma Legislative webisite.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks.
But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money.
Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to […]

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OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Education, Legislature, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

Courtesy Oklahoma Legislature website

An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.

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As gas prices drop for 16th week, state budget directors scramble

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it’s a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Are large OU faculty, staff salaries driving student debt?

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  Education, Oklahoma, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Courtesy OU Flicker account.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
University of Oklahoma accounting professor Dipankar Ghosh took home $224,400 in pay last year and the school paid him another $88,349 for additional administrative work for a total salary of $312,749, school records show.
Hong Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, took home $306,000 last year as a base salary, according to […]

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