Category Archive for: economics

Oklahoma’s payday loan usage rate is highest in nation

Elise Robillard was desperate for a quick cash infusion the first time she walked into a payday lending store. A long-term substitute teacher and mother of two young children, Robillard’s tires were bald, and she couldn’t afford to replace them. So she turned to small, short-term payday advances thinking they would keep her afloat. The…Read More

Budget Negotiations: Oil groups support Step Up Oklahoma

Leaders of two Oklahoma oil and gas associations on Tuesday announced their support for a slate of reform and revenue measures advocated by a coalition of Oklahoma civic and business leaders called Step Up Oklahoma. Tuesday’s endorsements came from the board of directors of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association and the executive committee of…Read More

Governor Fallin Announces Second Special Session

Governor Mary Fallin is calling a second special session December 18. She made the announcement Thursday evening, just one day after she told us she would wait until after December 20 to make her decision. Lawmakers say the decision will likely interfere with their holiday plans. They’re wondering, why not wait till after the new…Read More

US tax reform bill could repeal Johnson Amendment

The Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision which prohibits churches and nonprofit groups from making public endorsements of political candidates, could be repealed through the tax reform bill currently in the US Senate. The repeal was packaged into the bill which passed the House a few weeks ago, but has yet to be approved by the…Read More