How Oklahoma government got in a hole and why it can’t seem to get out
By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

How, a caller asked this week, did Oklahoma’s state government get into such a financial fix, and how do we get out of it?

Simple question. Not so simple answer.

First we have to accept the premise that the state is in a financial pickle. Not everyone does. They believe the rough patch of the past few years is just that, and that Oklahoma will soon grow its way out of the current difficulties. They also believe there is still a lot of money to be squeezed from revolving funds and wrung from the bureaucracy.

They may be right. There always seems to be another cookie jar at the Capitol. Prevailing thought, though, seems to be that, at the very least, the way Oklahoma funds state government needs some adjustments.

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