Parents send us the best they have. They want us to educate their children, but it’s very hard for our students to be at their best when they have no food consistently at home or the proper clothing to come to school. They’re like little adults with adult worries, and they don’t know how to be the child they are.
-Principal Estella Bitson of Hawthorne Elementary, a high-poverty school in north Tulsa (Source: http://bit.ly/1dTbVUG)
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Oklahoma’s gross revenue collections are at an all-time high, but funds for the state’s discretionary budget have a $188 million shortfall. The lost revenue is going mostly to transportation spending and oil and gas industry tax breaks. To a lesser extent, it’s going to individual and corporate tax refunds and business subsidies.
- OK Policy Director Gene Perry, discussing Oklahoma’s simultaneous high general revenue collections and budget shortfall (source: http://bit.ly/1eFvhMG)
The latest headlines about Oklahoma’s finances seem oddly contradictory. On the one hand, State Treasurer Ken Miller has announced gross revenue collections are hitting an all-time high. Oklahoma’s total collections of $6.64 billion dollars are $278 million higher than the same period last year.
Years ago, I often heard companies say the cost of doing business was their No. 1 concern. During my time in the Tulsa Regional Chamber and now as secretary of state, I am increasingly hearing from employers who say that an educated workforce, supported by strong public education, is the most important factor in deciding where to locate or expand.
-Secretary of State Chris Benge (Source: http://bit.ly/1mIIqhR)