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Budget Trends and Outlook – April 2014

Even as most states are enjoying budget surpluses, Oklahoma now faces faltering revenue collections and large budget shortfalls, which could lead to deeper cuts at a time when state agencies are still struggling to recover from the last downturn. Our Budget Trends and Outlook summarizes key points you should know. For a PDF version of this 2-page fact sheet, including 4 graphs, click here.

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In The Know: Gov. Mary Fallin signs minimum wage hike ban

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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$8.87

The median hourly wage for food preparation and serving workers in Oklahoma City.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Sex, forecasting and fiscal planning (okay, no sex)

Twice a year,  the seven members of the State Board of Equalization – six statewide elected officers and the Secretary of Agriculture – get together to certify how much revenue the legislature will have to appropriate for the upcoming fiscal year.

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In The Know: Races for state superintendent, governor draw most candidates

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Quote of the Day 4/14/2014

“One voice is a but a whisper, but many is a roar. We are encouraging self-advocates, family members and those who support people with developmental disabilities to band together for the cause. We are encouraging people to call and invite their legislators to attend and speak at our rally.”

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56

Number of candidates for the Oklahoma House and Senate who are running unopposed in 2014, out of 126 races.
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board
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Weekly Wonk April 13, 2014

The Weekly Wonk is a summary of Oklahoma Policy Institute’s events, publications, blog posts, and coverage. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

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Education rallies, then and now (Guest Post: Steve Lewis)

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1989-1991 during the time of HB 1017. He currently practices law in Tulsa.
NOW: The crowd at the Rally for Education, March 31, 2014

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