Oklahoma state budget (2009-2010)
Fiscal Year 2010 State Budget
- See also: Archived Oklahoma state budgets
Oklahoma ended FY2010 with the worst revenue shortfall in the state’s history. State Treasurer Scott Meacham said in a July 13, 2010, release, “A drop of $945 million or 17 percent in collections from the prior year illustrates the intensity of the historical downturn Oklahoma’s economy experienced.”
Summary of FY-2010 Balanced Executive Budget
|1. Total Amount Available from Certification Packet||$6,755,890,998|
|2. Revenue Enhancement|
|Add Collection Fee onto Delinquent Accounts sent to Collection Agencies||$1,350,000|
|Adjustment to Certification Packet||$20,000,000|
|Certification Reduction to Authorized Fund||$9,057,649|
|Provide for Third Placement of Delinquent Accounts||$9,000,000|
|Internet Listing Of Delinquent Taxpayers||$1,700,000|
|Increase Vending Machine Decal Fees||$3,000,000|
|Sales Tax Permit Fees||$1,100,000|
|Fee Increases to GR||$5,643,139|
|Compsource Market Equalization||$8,000,000|
|1017 Fund Increase over Estimate for FY-2009||$24,600,000|
|Total Revenue Enhancements||$ 83,450,788|
|Transfer from Cash Flow Reserve Fund||$150,000,000|
|Transfer from Agency Revolving Fund||$56,000,000|
|4. Efficiency Reforms|
|Total Efficiency Reforms||$45,000,000|
|1. Appropriations Made by 2008 Legislature||$7,192,763,490|
|2. Less: FY-2008 Supplementals||$(103,623,566)|
|3. Less: One-Time Expenditures||$(22,457,255)|
|4. Less: One-Time Revenues||$(123,983,090)|
|6. Lieutenant Governor||$(33,091)|
|7. Agriculture Cabinet||$(3,430,160)|
|8. Commerce/Tourism Cabinets||$7,245,965|
|9. Education Cabinet||$39,535,543|
|10. Energy/Environment Cabinet||$(4,413,640)|
|11. Finance and Revenue Cabinet||$(7,232,891)|
|12. Health Cabinet||$110,200,467|
|13. Human Resources and Administration Cabinet||$(2,538,416)|
|14. Human Services Cabinet||$2,536,627|
|15. Military Cabinet||$(162,266)|
|16. Safety and Security Cabinet||$630,630|
|17. Science and Technology||$(5,579)|
|18. Secretary of State Cabinet||$3,062,792|
|19. Transportation Cabinet||$(30,296)|
|20. Veterans' Cabinet||$(21,008)|
|23. FY-2009 Supplementals||$5,400,000|
|Total Recommended Expenditures||$7,090,295,348|
|Balance / (shortage) of funds available||$46,439|
- See also: Oklahoma state budget and finances
The Oklahoma state fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30. On October 1 all of the state's agencies submit their budget requests to the Governor and the Legislature. The Governor presents his proposed budget the first Monday in February. From February through April state officials deliberate on the proposed budget. By early June the Governor evaluates any and all changes before a final decision is approved.
The Oklahoma Policy Institute notes that, "Oklahoma's state and local governments face a long-term fiscal gap in which ongoing revenues will not be enough to pay ongoing spending commitments. The fiscal gap results from rapidly increasing health care costs, an aging population, and commitments for employee and retiree benefits."
The following table provides a history of Oklahoma's expenditures and gross domestic product (GDP).
|Fiscal Year||Expenditures (billions)||GDP (billions)|
- NOTE: The figures for FY 2009 are not finalized.
- See Oklahoma state budget (2008-2009) for more information.
The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector audits state and local agencies in the state, publishing its audit reports online. The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector is a statewide elected position serving a 4-year term. The office of Examiner and Inspector and the State Auditor was consolidated in a special election on July 22, 1975. Steve Burrage was appointed to the position by Gov. Henry on July 10, 2008 after the June 16, 2008 resignation of Jeff A. McMahan under indictment for accepting improper cash and gifts from an Oklahoma businessman.
The Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA) rates Oklahoma “Tardy” in filing the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) – The annual report of state and local governmental entities. IFTA rated 22 states timely, 22 states tardy, and 6 states as worst. IFTA does not consider Oklahoma's CAFRs, and those of the other states, to be accurate representations of the state’s financial condition because the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis does not include significant liabilities for the pension plans and for other post employment benefits, such as health care. Oklahoma's CAFRs are annual publications of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance and prepared by the Division of Central Accounting and Reporting. The Oklahoma State Comptroller directs the daily operations of the Division of Central Accounting and Reporting. Brenda Bolander is Oklahoma's State Comptroller and Michael Clingman is Director (appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate) of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance.
Oklahoma OpenBooks is the name of the publicly available website created by the Oklahoma government. It discloses information about Oklahoma's spending and budget, and is managed by the Office of State Finance.
The Oklahoma OpenBooks page provides a searchable database of state expenditures and revenues. How often the Office of State Finance updates the database varies, depending upon the type of information being updated. For example, payroll and expenditures information is updated monthly, whereas the list of vendors is updated annually.
The following table is helpful in evaluating the level of transparency provided by Oklahoma OpenBooks:
|State Database||Searchability||Grants||Contracts||Line Item Expenditures||Dept/Agency Budgets||Public Employee Salary|
- See also: Evaluation of Oklahoma state website
Limitations and Suggestions
The site should post line-item expenditures.
Information about public employee salaries is available.
Economic stimulus transparency
- Oklahoma received an estimated $1,878,254,929 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan of 2009.
- Oklahoma established an economic recovery website to show how legislators and government officials in Oklahoma were spending Federal funds.
- State Budget Solutions, Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
- Oklahoma OpenBooks, official website
- Oklahoma Office of State Finance
- Study of State Budget Gaps
- Oklahoma Government spending
- Model transparency legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council is available at this link.
- Gov. Brad Henry's State of the State Address 2009 (dead link)
- News On 6, "Lawmakers to Meet and Discuss State Budget Crisis," January 3, 2010
- The City Wire "Arkansas' budget issues less severe than most states" August 2, 2010
- FY2010 Budget Book
- Oklahoma Open Books, "overview of the process" accessed February 19,2009
- Oklahoma Policy Institute, "Oklahoma Policy Institute's Online Budget Guide," October 2009
- US Government spending, "Oklahoma state and local spending," accessed February 20,2009
- Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Web site, accessed November 6, 2009
- NewsOK, "McMahan resigns; impeachment off," June 16, 2008
- audit reports
- Institute for Truth in Accounting, “The Truth About Balanced Budgets—A Fifty State Study,” Page 35
- Oklahoma Office of State Finance Web site, accessed November 6, 2009
- State of Indiana, “State Credit Ratings-as of June 24, 2009"
- Oklahoma OpenBooks
- How to Use OpenBooks
- Wall Street Journal, "Stimulus Spending by State," March 12,2009
- Oklahoma Recovery
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