Looking Back at the Recently Completed Oklahoma Legislative Session

May 31, 2016

"An inadequate budget has state continuing to sink to the bottom." "Legislature cuts budgets for all, except the Legislature." Such have been two recent headlines for editorials appearing in the Tulsa World. On this edition of ST, we look back at the recently completed -- and widely criticized -- Oklahoma Legislative Session, a contentious affair that saw lawmakers cutting spending as well as tax credits, and struggling to find new revenue amid an unprecedented $1.3 billion budget shortfall. The State Legislature did approve a $6.8 billion budget on Friday of last week, however, with both the working poor and higher education statewide getting the proverbial (and, some would add, rather shameful) short end of the stick. Our guest for today's retrospective conversation is David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute.