Ken Miller

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about campaign reports showing House Appropriations Chairman Kevin Wallace is renting a garage apartment from former House Appropriations Chair and now OG&E lobbyist Ken Miller and Governor Stitt signs an executive order requiring all state agencies to get approval from his office for grant applications more than  $50,000.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Knowing this year's legislative session would be tumultuous with a giant hole in the budget, Gov. Mary Fallin challenged lawmakers at the start of session to make structural improvements to the budget and put new, stable sources of revenue on the table.

She pushed for bold proposals like a teacher pay raise, a tax on cigarettes, school district consolidation, and modernizing the sales tax code.

Matt Trotter / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A state board led by Gov. Mary Fallin has certified the Oklahoma Legislature will have a budget hole next year of $1.1 billion, and the deficit will actually be closer to $1.3 billion once one-time funds are considered.

The State Board of Equalization met Tuesday to certify how much money will be available in the state's General Revenue Fund for lawmakers to spend on the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Office of the State Treasurer

Oklahoma’s revenue collections for the 2014 fiscal year ended on a high note at the end of last month with receipts coming in more than 4% above June of 2013.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross reports, while the money keeps coming in, state agencies continue to feel the pinch.

Most state agencies saw a reduction of more than 5% from lawmakers and the governor at the end of the 2014 session and recently 66 agencies were reduced another 0.12%.

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a $13M supplemental budget bill under consideration in the State Capitol, the State Treasurer levels warning after Kansas bond rating drops, budget talks appear stalled with just three weeks left in the session and House Speaker Jeff Hickman gets elected to a full two year term.