Oklahoma City, OK – Despite a half-billion dollar funding hole in Oklahoma, income tax rates will drop next year by a quarter of one-percent. Governor Fallin says statewide revenue growth was enough to trigger a mandated tax cut.
The Governor is hopefully residents will spend the tax savings; thereby boosting the economy.
The rate will drop from 5.5% to 5.25% effective next January.
Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa Police officer is recovering after being hit by a car overnight.
It happened around 2:15 this morning near 27th and South Peoria. The officer was out of his squad car, conducting a traffic stop when another car whizzed by. The officer was hit by the car's side mirror. He was not seriously injured.
Pawhuska, OK – High court seeks brief in Okla tribe's lawsuit
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has invited the Acting Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States as it decides whether to hear an appeal from the Osage Nation regarding its lawsuit against the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan is surprised by all the attention over what he calls a community policing event. He says having officers attend an officer appreciation event at an Islamic Mosque is no different than having one at a Methodist Church.
A police Captain has been reassigned after refusing to order his officers attend the event.
The Tulsa Police Internal Affairs Division will review the matter.
Oklahoma City, OK – Rallying at the state capitol! Could Oklahoma be the next Wisconsin? The head of the state AFL-CIO fears that could be the case. A bill ending binding arbitration for police and fire fighters has past a house committee. Jimmy Curry says this is the first step at union busting in Oklahoma.
He says the state bill would no longer allow disagreements worked out in mediation to become the final agreement