May 29, 2015

Fallin signed a bill Friday

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Friday paving the way for the creation of a state museum of popular culture -- SB0839 -- and another measure the will prohibit local ordinances the limit oil and gas production -- SB0809.
 

 

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May 29, 2015

State Superintended Joy Hofmeister said this week

State Superintended Joy Hofmeister said this week that while she is grateful for lawmakers holding common education flat, a growing student population and a flat budget will begin to affect students.

Hofmeister said they had prepared for a budget cut originally.

“We know a large percentage of the budget is dedicated to education and it was a tremendous accomplishment for the Legislature to provide us a flat budget,” she said. “I am very grateful for that, however, at the same time, when you have a flat number and a growing student population it will ultimately mean fewer dollars per student.”

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May 29, 2015

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved a variety of measures during a meeting Friday with little discussion. Among those measures was the approval of $963.4 million in state appropriations upon approval by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The proposed appropriation total would represent a 2.4 percent cut from higher ed’s previous fiscal year. Considering most state agencies saw larger percentage cuts, Chancellor Glen Johnson said he is thankful for what they were received.

“Normally you don’t say positive things or certainly look at celebrating a budget cut,” Johnson said, “but when the cut could have been 5 percent which equates to a $55 million budget reduction with no debt service -- that was moved literally within two weeks from the 5 percent to the 2.4 with the debt service -- it’s a significant positive swing in the right direction.”

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May 29, 2015

A plan to repair the governor’s mansion

A plan to repair the governor’s mansion has been scuttled by Gov. Mary Fallin.

“After reviewing the work proposal, Gov. Fallin has decided not to proceed this year with the plan for mansion repairs. The disruption it would cause to the governor's ability to fulfill the duties of her office is not feasible at this time. She may reconsider the proposal at a later date,” Alex Weintz, Fallin’s spokesman, said Thursday.

The Capitol Preservation Commission was told in April that Fallin had been presented with a list of repair projects and a tentative plan to move Fallin and her husband Wade out of the mansion and into another resident in Oklahoma City for up to six months.
 

 

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May 27, 2015

Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Wednesday

Oklahoma education had two big tickets this legislative session -- teacher pay raises and testing relief -- but bills addressing either one of those failed to make it out this legislative session.

Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Wednesday that while interest was high to do something to alleviate mandatory testing on Oklahoma students, any measure attempting to so do “stalled out.”

She said “time ran out” for further discussions but promised that next legislative session she would “solve what couldn’t be solved” this year. 
“It’s going to take time to be on the same page,” she acknowledged.
 

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May 27, 2015

Gov. Mary Fallin will have to decide for the secon

Gov. Mary Fallin will have to decide for the second year in a row whether permanent administrative rules adopted by agencies over the past year will take effect after the Legislature failed to do so.

State statute gives the governor until July 17 to issue a declaration to the Office of Administrative Rules concerning the approval or disapproval of the permanent administrative rules submitted to the Legislature for consideration this year.

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