As our state's newly inaugurated legislative session continues, there's been no shortage of bills that've attracted attention from the national media -- for less than favorable reasons -- including bills that would ban "hoodies" or AP History classes, or those that would allow Oklahoma businesses to discriminate against their gay customers or else end civil marriages altogether. What we have not seen -- not yet, anyway -- is a responsible discussion of how to fill a $611 million shortfall in next year's budget.
On this edition of ST, a nuts-and-bolts discussion of a topic that few of us actually want to talk about. Nevertheless, our program covers some important ground today; our guest is Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer in California, who talks about his new book, "When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death." This is a useful and readable guidebook that is --- as was noted in the Library Home Journal --- "well-organized, succinct, and detailed without being overwhelming....
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House is considering Governor Mary Fallin's proposal to reduce the state's income tax and help pay for it by eliminating dozens of tax credits, deductions and exemptions.
House Speaker Kris Steele introduced the bill in the House on Wednesday, but agreed to delay debate on the measure after concerns were raised over the fiscal impact of several amendments to the bill. Debate was expected to resume Wednesday afternoon.