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Higher Education:

The role, functions, and organization of Higher Education in Oklahoma continues to be a vital topic at the capitol and throughout the state. Higher education continues to serve as an economic driver and opportunity builder for students from every corner of Oklahoma. Included are news and commentary focused on important topics for Higher Education, Oklahoma's university systems, and UCO. 

May 21: Fees Get Degrees: Rising Cost of Student Fees in Higher Education. 23rd & Lincoln.

May 6: Tulsa World editorial: Oklahoma's future begins with a robust higher education system...and a robuse higher education system begins with more state funding. Tulsa World.

May 1: Stitt signs campus free speech bill. The Oklahoman.

April 29: Boost in funding could be coming for higher education. The Oklahoman.

April 26: An education hill worth climbing. The Oklahoman.

April 22: 'Free speech zones' on campus: Oklahoma House split on whether they promote or stifle free speech, sends bill to governor. Tulsa World.

April 9: In Many States, Higher Education Has Been Left Behind Since the Recession. Chronicle of Higher Education. 

March 22: Oklahoma's Promise scholarship program succeeding in making college a reality for low-income students. Tulsa World.

Feb. 15: Plan to Cut Back Higher Education Spending in Oklahoma Raises Questions About What's Next for Local College. News 5.

Feb. 13: Oklahoma college students advocate for more higher education funding. Oklahoman.

Feb. 12: House leader promises additional funding for higher education. Journal Record.

Feb. 12: Multiplier effect: Local economies' boost from colleges and universities is studied. Tulsa World.

Jan. 27: Point of View: Oklahoma's regional universities create chances to succeed. Oklahoman. 

Jan. 24: 2019 Priority: Restore higher education funding to ensure a well-educated workforce. OKPolicy.org.

Dec. 30.  Oklahoma’s regional universities are ladders to success. Oklahoman.

Dec. 21: Oklahoma's higher education chancellor making the case for a $100 million increase. Oklahoman.



This legislative session, the state budget will be the center of significant discussion and requests. With a projected surplus, the majority of state agencies in Oklahoma have requested increases in their annual allocation. This section is focused on agency requests, budgetary statements from elected officials and agency heads, and additional commentary and stories related to Oklahoma's budget process and legislative action. 

May 21: Senate approves state budget. Oklahoma State Senate.

May 17: House Passes $8.1 Billion State Budget. Oklahoma House of Representatives. 

May 15: Governor, Senate, and House leadership announce FY2020 Budget Deal. Oklahoma State Senate.

May 14: Governor, House in budget standoff with Senate. 23rd & Lincoln.

May 14: State tax revenues set monthly record in April. Oklahoman. 

May 14: Oklahoma budget negotiations heat up. Oklahoman. 

May 13: Governor Stitt and House Republicans' Budget Agreement. Governor's Office.

May 10: Oklahoma Senate supports $1,200 teacher pay bump; budget compromise appears close. Oklahoman.

May 10: Stitt plans to announce a budget early next week. Tulsa World.

May 8: Mazzei budget confirmation hearing turns into budget showdown. Tulsa World.

April 29: Change to online sales tax collections could boost state revenue. The Journal Record.

April 21: Point of View: Working on Oklahoma education funding. Oklahoman.

April 17: Prosperity Policy: Oklahoma still in the red. The Journal Record. 

Mar. 1: COLA for pensions: Budget chairman split on funding options. Non Doc. 

Feb. 25: Tulsa World editorial: Finally! Real budget growth at the state Capitol.

Feb. 20: Board of Equalization approves $8.2B for FY2020 appropriations. Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Feb. 13: Oklahoma Tax Collections Up...But. Associated Press.

Feb. 4: Stitt budget would raise teacher pay, set aside surplus. Oklahoman. 

Feb. 4: $612 million more for Oklahoma? Probably not, officials say as growth figures for state budget expected to drop. Tulsa World.

Feb. 4: What's in the new governor's first budget proposal? Flat agency appropriations, modest increase for education, money to savings. Tulsa World.

Jan. 28: Funding needed to support increasing number of students, Hofmeister says. Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Jan. 20: Stitt sets sights on budget. Oklahoman.

Dec. 27: Stitt tells lawmakers that a one-time revenue jump isn't an excuse for a spending spree...or 'tinkering with the tax code'. Tulsa World.

Dec. 20: Surplus 'is not a blank check,' Stitt Warns. Enid News & Eagle.


Specific Legislative Coverage: 

News and commentary covering particular legislation for both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Senate.

May 21: Senate approves LOFT bill. Oklahoma State Senate.

April 29: Bill Watch: JCAB is now the room where it happens. OKPolicy.org.

April 21: Tulsa World editorial: Aw, shucks! The Legislature is magically transforming innocuous bills late in the game to deal with more controversial topics. Tulsa World.

April 21. Legislature leans heavily on copy-paste legislation. Oklahoman.

April 18: Hamilton: Senators kick COLA increase down the road. The Journal Record.

March 25: Pro Tem Greg Treat appoints senators to pension working group. Oklahoma State Senate.

March 12: House Passes Bill to Extend OLAP to Older Students When Parents Die. Oklahoma House of Representatives. 

March 11: COLA Bill for State Retirees Passes House Floor. Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Feb. 27: Senate sends constitutional carry bill to governor's desk. Oklahoma State Senate.

Feb. 20: Tulsa World editorial: Destructive public school laws disguised as education initiatives.

Feb. 19: Sound policy should be focus. Oklahoman.

Feb. 18: Changes made in gun bill please business groups. Oklahoman.

Feb. 18: Academic, peer-reviewed studies should guide firearm policy. Oklahoman.

Feb. 14: Permitless carry bill passes House. Oklahoman.

Feb. 13: Teacher raises advance in Oklahoma House with unanimous committee vote. Tulsa World.

Feb 3: Now's the time to change SQ640. Oklahoman.

Feb. 7: Permitless carry gun bill sails through Oklahoma committee. Journal Record.


Gubernatorial, Legislative, and State Agency News: 

News and commentary from elected officials and state officials related to the Oklahoma legislative session, policy, and various other topics related to higher education. 

May 8: Point of View: Blame politicians, not the court. Oklahoman.

May 1: Point of View:  Commencing work for Oklahoma teachers. Oklahoman.

April 29: Oklahoma House Democrats Offer $8.5B Budget Proposal. Public Radio Tulsa.

April 18: Rebranding Oklahoma: Commerce officials discuss new approach to economic development. The Journal Record. 

Feb. 24: Wayne Greene: Per-pupil spending isn't equal in Oklahoma school districts. One gets $30,922.45 per student. Tulsa World.

Feb. 3: Committee leaders outline priorities for 2019 session. Oklahoman.

Feb. 1: Your quick guide to the upcoming legislative session: The issues, leaders, salaries and more. Tulsa World.

Jan. 31: GOP firsts, bold moves: The tenure of Gov. Mary Fallin. NonDoc.

Jan. 29: Government reports, education highlight Senate GOP's 2019 agenda. Oklahoma State Senate. 

Jan. 28: Women make huge gains in Oklahoma, rise to leadership posts. The Journal Record.

Jan. 28: Federalizing the Executive: The 57th State Legislature may be best remembered for strengthening the Governor's Office. 23rd & Lincoln.

Jan. 25: The Failed Effort to Bring Transparency to Groups Lobbying on Legislation. Oklahoma Watch.

Jan. 24: Executive order target lobbyists, planes, hiring freeze and Cabinet. 23rd & Lincoln.

Jan. 24: A symbolic proposal, 2,815 bills and 'Inman's Axiom.' Journal Record.

Jan. 20: The 2019 Tulsa World legislative agenda. Tulsa World.

Jan. 18: More than 2,800 bills waiting for Oklahoma lawmakers. Journal Record. 

Jan. 15: Push to end agencies boards could inject more politics and ideology into state agency operations (Capitol Update). OKPolicy.org.

Jan. 15: Stitt's inaugural speech, annotated. Oklahoma Watch.

Jan. 14: A fresh start for the state is speakers’ theme at Kevin Stitt’s inaugural ball in Oklahoma City.  Tulsa World.

Jan. 14:  Stitt takes office, promises new state pride. Oklahoman.

Jan. 6. Say Something is Key in curbing school attacks. Oklahoman.

Dec. 29.  Fallin departing after lengthy public service. Oklahoman.

Dec. 28: Fallin's fall from grace. Journal Record.

Dec. 26: Keeping promises. Oklahoma Gazette.