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Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 30 people sit uncomfortably on hard, wooden benches under the watchful eyes of Judge Tim Henderson. It’s late morning in Henderson’s courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse. Some people have been waiting for hours.

Most of these people are on probation, and they’re anxiously waiting for their chance to make a deal. Judge Henderson says these people broke their plea agreements.


Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has stopped hiring for the rest of the budget year to prepare for potential funding cuts.

Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh decided to freeze hiring after the state Legislature voted down a series of tax increases known as the Step Up Oklahoma plan, Monday.

Headlines for Thursday, February 15, 2018:

  • Revenue collections for January come in $122M more than estimates. (NewsOK)

  • Doerflinger’s resignation impacts the Health Department. (Journal Record)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A group wanting to raise gross production taxes is gearing up after the failure of Step Up Oklahoma.

Restore Oklahoma Now is proposing State Question 795 to raise GPT to 7% which will bring in an extra $288 million with most of that going to common education.

Executive Director Mickey Thompson says he delayed pushing forward while Step Up Oklahoma worked its way through the State Capitol.

Headlines for Wednesday, February 14, 2018:

  • Interim health Commissioner resigns after allegations of past spousal abuse surface. (NewsOK)

  • Republicans are considering 40-million dollars in cuts to agency budgets. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Tuesday, February 13, 2018:

  • The State House fails to get enough votes to raise revenue for the Step Up Oklahoma plan. (NewsOK)

  • State teachers disappointed after failure of Step Up Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Monday, February 12, 2018:

  • State House Leaders hope to vote on the Step Up Oklahoma plan today. (Tulsa World)

  • Teachers plan to rally for raises today at the State Capitol. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Friday, February 9, 2018:

  • Oklahoma is getting ready to break records this flu season. (NewsOK)

  • The flu is taking its toll on the budgets of health agencies. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Thursday, February 8, 2018:

  • A new poll shows broad support for the Step Up Oklahoma plan. (KOSU)

  • Small oil producers join in support of Step Up Oklahoma. (StateImpact OK)


A new poll shows broad support for the Step Up Oklahoma budget plan that was introduced by local civic and business leaders.

The survey from SoonerPoll shows nearly 70 percent of likely Oklahoma voters approve of the budget fix to raise $780 million in revenue through increased taxes in cigarettes, oil and gas, fuel, wind power and income.

SoonerPoll founder Bill Shapard says this shows has broad based support.