2021 budget

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COVID-19 cuts to colleges have led to a state appropriation that’s lower than it was in 2000. 

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved an allocation Friday worth $770 million. Before the turn of the 21st century, during the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the system got $739 million from the state. And by 2001, two decades ago, its $814 million budget outpaces where the system is today.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about an override of the governor's veto of the state budget, Governor Stitt forms a bipartisan committee to deal with the federal funds to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Senate says sit won't confirm Interim Health Commissioner Gary Cox to the job leading the agency.

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Twenty days into his reopening plan, Governor Kevin Stitt it’s time to move to Phase 2 on Friday.

Under Phase 2, funerals, weddings and organized sports can resume, and bars will be allowed to reopen with lower occupancy.

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Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed the $7.7 billion budget for the coming fiscal year on Wednesday afternoon, but within minutes, the Oklahoma Senate voted to override his veto. Several hours later, the Oklahoma House did the same and the budget was enacted.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Monday said he intends to veto part of a state budget that he says sacrifices retirement funding for teachers and other state employees.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about lawmakers attaching strings to a new round of executive powers to the governor, legislative leaders announce a budget deal and Republicans push through a bill requiring notarization of absentee ballots.

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Oklahoma legislators have announced a budget that would slash appropriations by three percent. While the cuts aren’t as deep as what was projected, they are significant and represent hundreds of millions of dollars of state funding.

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When lawmakers return to the State Capitol Monday, the public is invited with some conditions.

The Capitol has been closed to the public since mid-March, and now guests will undergo screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the building and are encouraged to wear a mask.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is seeking an audit of the State Health Department. The request came after reports of extreme steps by state officials to get personal protective equipment to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week, the state canceled a $9.5 million purchase from a company after it came under investigation by the FBI.

Governor Kevin Stitt criticized Hunter, saying he’s disappointed to see the agency entangled in an investigation in the midst of responding to the current crisis.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a call from Governor Stitt to start reopening businesses in the state starting this week and the State Board of Equalization declares a revenue failure to fund the government through the current fiscal year, but the state faces a shortfall in the next fiscal year of $1.3B.

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