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Oklahoma Democrats Down, But Not Out, Robertson Says

capitolstateworldRandy Krehbiel
Tulsa World

As bad as the 2014 elections were for Oklahoma Democrats — and they were bad — there was also some reason for encouragement, the party’s state director said Friday.

“There were some things we did correctly,” Executive Director Trav Robertson said. “There were some things we did better. The Oklahoma Democratic Party did not get in the shape it’s in overnight, and we’re not going to fix it overnight.”

Read the entire story:  http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/oklahoma-democrats-down-but-not-out-state-director-says/article_63e91c78-0df2-5beb-a816-9a9a1a358990.html

Hickman Announces House Committee Leadership


House Speaker Jeffrey W. Hickman announced the chairs and vice chairs for the standing House committees and appropriation subcommittees of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature.

“I am truly grateful for our members who are willing to serve in leadership roles for our committees,” said Hickman, R-Fairview. “We are blessed with very talented members in the House, and I am confident those I have asked to serve as chairs and vice chairs will use their varied experiences in the private sector to help move Oklahoma forward.”
Administrative Rules:
Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, Chair
Rep. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Vice Chair
Agriculture & Rural Development:
Rep. Jon Enns, R-Enid, Chair
Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, Vice Chair
Alcohol, Tobacco & Controlled Substances:
Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, Chair
Rep. William Fourkiller, D-Stillwell, Vice Chair
Appropriations & Budget:
Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, Chair
Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison, Vice Chair
A & B Education Subcommittee:
Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, Chair
Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair
A & B General Government Subcommittee:
Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, Chair
Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, Vice Chair
A & B Health Subcommittee:
Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, Chair
Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, Vice Chair
A & B Human Services Subcommittee:
Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, Chair
Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner, Vice Chair
A & B Natural Resources & Regulatory Services Subcommittee:
Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, Chair
Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Mulhall, Vice Chair
A & B Public Safety Subcommittee:
Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, Chair
Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay, Vice Chair
A & B Judiciary Subcommittee:
Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, Chair
Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair
A & B Revenue & Tax Subcommittee:
Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, Vice Chair
A & B Transportation Subcommittee:
Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, Chair
Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair
Banking & Financial Services:
Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, Chair
Rep.  James Leewright, R-Bristow, Vice Chair
Business, Labor & Retirement Laws:
Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks, Vice Chair
Children, Youth & Family Services:
Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair
Common Education:
Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, Chair
Rep. Michael Rogers, R-Broken Arrow, Vice Chair
County & Municipal Government:
Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, Chair
Rep. Scooter Park, R-Devol, Vice Chair
Criminal Justice & Corrections:
Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, Vice Chair
Economic Development, Commerce & Real Estate:
Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond, Vice Chair
Elections & Ethics:
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, Chair
Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, Vice Chair
Energy & Natural Resources:
Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, Vice Chair
Environmental Law:
Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Travis Dunlap, R-Bartlesville, Vice Chair
Government Oversight & Accountability:
Rep. Tom Newell, R-Seminole, Chair
Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, Vice Chair
Higher Ed & Career Tech:
Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, Chair
Rep. Justin Wood, R-Shawnee, Vice Chair
Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Jeff Coody, R-Grandfield, Vice Chair
Judiciary & Civil Procedure:
Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond, Chair
Rep. Jonathan Echols, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair
Long-term Care & Senior Services:
Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, Chair
Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa, Vice Chair
Public Health:
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, Chair
Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair
Public Safety:
Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Norman, Vice Chair
Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, Chair
Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair
State & Federal Relations:
Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, Chair
Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno, Vice Chair
State Government Operations:
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, Chair
Rep. Mark Lepak, R- Claremore, Vice Chair
Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, Chair
Rep. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, Vice Chair
Tourism & International Relations:
Rep. Josh Cockroft, R-Tecumseh, Chair
Rep. R.C. Pruett, D-Antlers, Vice Chair
Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, Chair
Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, Vice Chair
Veterans & Military Affairs:
Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, Chair
Rep. Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris, Vice Chair
Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City, Chair
Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, Vice Chair

Bingman Names Senate Committee Leaders

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman today announced committee chair and vice chair assignments for all standing committees and appropriations subcommittees.

“I’m privileged to work with such an exceptional group of public servants,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Their dedication and expertise will serve us well as we work to find solutions to the challenges faced by our state.”

The state Senate’s committee chairs and vice chairs for the 2014-2015 session are:

Agriculture and Rural Development:

Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, Chair

Mark Allen, R-Spiro, Vice Chair


Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, Chair

Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair

Business and Commerce:

Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, Chair

Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair


John Ford, R-Bartlesville, Chair

Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, Vice Chair


Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, Chair

A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, Vice Chair


Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, Chair

Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, Vice Chair


General Government:

Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, Chair

Jack Fry, R-Midwest City, Vice Chair

Health and Human Services: 

Rob Standridge, R-Norman, Chair

Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair


Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, Chair

Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair

Public Safety: 

Don Barrington, R-Lawton, Chair

Corey Brooks, R-Washington, Vice Chair


Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, Chair

John Sparks, D-Norman, Vice Chair


Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, Chair

Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, Vice Chair


Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, Chair

Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, Vice Chair

Tourism and Wildlife:

Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, Chair

Larry Boggs, R-Red Oak, Vice Chair


Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, Chair

Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, Vice Chair

Veterans and Military Affairs:

Frank Simpson, R-Springer, Chair

Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education:

Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, Chair

Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation:

Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services:

Kim David, R-Porter, Chair

A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources:

Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, Chair

Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary:

Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies:

David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, Vice Chair

Martin Out, Sears In At House Appropriations Panel

Scott Martin

Scott Martin

Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman continues to change chairmen and shake up leadership in the House.

In a solid sign of the continuing shift of power, Appropriations Chairman Scott Martin is out, and Hickman has reportedly returned Bartlesville Rep. Earl Sears to the post. Sears served under Speaker Kris Steele.

Martin was named appropriations chairman by former Speaker T.W. Shannon who left to run for the United States Senate.

Murphey Joins Free Law Founders


The Free Law Founders (FLF) today announced that Oklahoma Representative Jason Murphey and the Congressional Data Coalition have joined its ranks. A nation-wide group of elected officials, government workers, policy experts and civic technologists, the FLF exists to share resources and expertise around opening up laws, legislation, and the lawmaking process online so that citizens can access, understand, and help shape the policies that affect their lives.

Over the past six years, Representative Murphey has chaired the Oklahoma legislature’s Committee on Government Modernization. An open government pioneer in the state, he introduced legislation applying the state’s open information laws to its legislature. He also successfully introduced legislation requiring the state’s Chief Technology Officer to prioritize the use of open source software in the Oklahoma state government, and remains committed to updating and streamlining the government’s operations.

The Congressional Data Coalition, comprised of 17 organizations, encourages Congress to release information on its activities, recommends standards for the production and dissemination of Congressional data, and educates Congress on the benefits of open information.

“As the Web now provides for the distribution and standardization of information like never before possible, there’s no longer a good excuse for government to keep its laws and rules out of immediate public purview,” said Representative Murphey. “I am excited to join with Free Law Founders in the effort to facilitate this access.”

“Rule of law is at the heart of a democratic society, but public access to the legislative process has fallen behind the needs of a modern society,” said Daniel Schuman, Chairman of the Congressional Data Coalition. “Now is the time to modernize how democracy works in the 21st century, which is why the Congressional Data Coalition is pleased to join the Free Law Founders.”

“Both Representative Murphey and the Congressional Data Coalition have shown tremendous leadership in working to modernize government and in the free law space,” stated Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Both groups joining the FLF speak to the momentum building around the country around free law ideals and to the diversity of the group.”

Get to Know the New FLF Members

Representative Jason Murphey, Oklahoma State Legislature, District 31

Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey has repeatedly championed the cause of using technology to open up the government to the people. In 2001, as a member of his local city council, he sponsored resolutions to place government proceedings on television and the Internet and to make the city code available online for all to read.

Since 2006, as a state legislator, he has sponsored successful legislation to open up access to government spending and performance data, created the data.ok.gov and documents.ok.gov web portals and removed statutory barriers to government agency use of social media.

In 2014, Murphey was designated as one of Government Technology magazine’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. Government Technology also named Murphey as one of the nation’s 13 most tech-savvy legislators.

The Congressional Data Coalition

The Congressional Data Coalition (CDC) is comprised of citizens, public interest groups, trade associations, and businesses that champion greater governmental transparency through improved public access to and long-term preservation of congressional information.

Members of the CDC include CREW, R Street Institute, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Engine Advocacy, Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, GovTrack.us, Capitol Bells, WashingtonWatch.com, LegisWorks, LegCyte, Free Government Information, Fastcase, The Open Gov Foundation, OpenTheGovernment.org and Participatory Politics Foundation.

Daniel Schuman is Chairman of the CDC and Policy Director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

About the Free Law Founders

Citizens, technologists and public officials working together to transform state & local lawmaking for the 21st Century. The Free Law Founders is a nation-wide, collaborative effort open to all people who want to improve how laws and legislation are produced and presented to citizens of American states and cities. Our goal is to modernize how democracy works in the United States from the ground up. To get there, we’re creating open source tools and open data formats government workers need to get their jobs done efficiently, effectively and accountably.

Murphey: My Most Important Vote

murphey1Rep. Jason Murphey

 There have been 10,211 votes in the House of Representatives since I became a member of the Legislature. The most important vote I cast was on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2011.

Though none of us knew it at the time, the Oklahoma House took action on a proposal which, in a dramatic twist of fate, could have killed part of what most would now agree is the most significant legal challenge to the national health care overreach.

When the federal government approved the national health care law, it envisioned state governments carrying out the implementation of new health care insurance exchanges. In January 2012, one of the proposal’s leading architects Jonathan Gruber described how the federal government incentivized the states to carry out the program through the issuance of federal tax credits in the states which agreed to participate.

Oklahoma could have easily been one of those states.

In 2011, the federal government offered Oklahoma 54.5 million dollars to participate. This fact joined an array of other arguments for why Oklahoma should quickly pass the plan. Wouldn’t it be irresponsible to turn down all that money? Shouldn’t Oklahoma control the health exchange instead of the federal government? If Oklahoma didn’t take quick action, we risked not only losing that money, but also control, and unless we complied, Oklahoma would be powerless to oppose the creation of the federally run program in Oklahoma. We had to act immediately!

Purusant to the strategy I delineated in my article last week (which you may read at hd31.org/661), I wasn’t fond of being forced to take immediate action. I don’t think Oklahoma should act on the federal government’s timetable and I made that case in defending my “No” vote.

Oklahoma must never become positioned into being easily and quickly bought off by the federal government.

While the proposal did pass the House that day, it passed by a margin of only a single vote. That close vote sent a strong message and a few days later the President Pro-Tem of the Oklahoma Senate Brian Bingman announced the proposal was dead.

Many other states would soon follow suit and today, more than half the states are not participating. Despite this fact, the federal government and IRS have not followed the provisions of the health care law which limit the law’s tax credit provisions to just those states which chose to participate.

In September 2012, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt entered the comments made by Jonathan Gruber and Oklahoma’s refusal to participate in the plan as facts to support Oklahoma’s lawsuit against the proposal on the grounds that the federal government is misusing the tax credits in violation of the law. A federal judge agreed with Pruitt who asked that the Supreme Court include Oklahoma’s successful case as it considers two other challenges to the national health care proposal.

The inclusion of Oklahoma’s case should bolster what many are now calling the most significant legal challenge to the national health care proposal.

Had Oklahoma policy makers acted hastily and taken the federal government’s money in 2011, not only would other states have come under pressure to follow Oklahoma’s example, but what may become a key component of the challenge to the national health care law would have never materialized.

Freshman House Members Briefed

House Media Division

Most of the 22 new lawmakers recently elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives attended the first day of a two-day orientation session at the state Capitol on Monday to learn the ins and outs of the legislative process and meet the House staff.

Freshman lawmakers were instructed on how to use the electronic filing system to file a bill and how to present a bill in committee and on the House floor. The House parliamentarian instructed lawmakers on how to make a motion and covered some of the most common procedural issues that arise. The lawmakers also met House staff and learned what each division’s duties are in the legislative process. Tomorrow, the new members will learn how the state budget is put together and will hear from representatives within the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to discuss relevant ethics rules.

State Rep. Jeff Coody has a better understanding than most on what to expect. His mother, state Rep. Ann Coody, represents House District 64 at the Legislature. Still, he said the orientation exposed him to things that don’t often come up in conversations with his mother.

“There really is a lot to learn in order to be an effective representative for my constituents,” said Coody, R-Lawton. “It’s much more than just having a good idea for a bill and presenting it for a vote. There is a lot of procedural maneuvering and understanding of the rules that may be the difference between getting a bill passed or not, so I’m grateful that the House offers this to us so we can hit the ground running in February.”

Coody, an insurance agent from Lawton, was elected to House District 63 to replace former state Rep. Don Armes, who was term limited and unable to run for legislative office again.

Oklahoma City college professor and businessman Jason Dunnington said the day-long orientation was helpful for new lawmakers who often have a very limited understanding of how the process of legislating actually works.

“I think most of us have a very good idea of what takes place here at the Capitol, but there are so many long-standing rules and procedures for actually getting things done here that you have to get a head start,” said Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City. “It would be very difficult to show up on the first day of session without having first been exposed to some of these processes. Also, it was very helpful to meet the staff and get an idea of who to go to when I need assistance with something.”

Dunnington was elected to House District 88 and replaces former state Rep. Kay Floyd, who ran for and won a seat in the state Senate.

Representatives Coody and Dunnington, and their new colleagues, still have much to do before the 2015 legislative session begins. The deadline for requesting bills is this Friday, December 12, and the deadline for filing bills is January 22, 2015.

On Tuesday, January 6, the Legislature will meet for Organization Day, a Constitutionally required day for the Oklahoma House to meet, certify the members of the recently elected 55th Oklahoma Legislature and then officially nominate and vote on a new House Speaker and Speaker Pro-Tem for the upcoming legislative session that begins in February.

The 55th Oklahoma Legislature convenes on February 2, 2015 at noon.

Dank Plans ‘Dark Money’ Groups Ban


Rep. David Dank says he will introduce legislation next year to ban “dark money” groups.

“I will introduce legislation in 2015 to amend Oklahoma’s ethics laws to require that all organizations and committees spending money in state and local political races abide by the same donor and expenditure reporting rules as political action committees and individual candidates. (Federal elections are governed by the Federal Election Commission, which is beyond the scope of state law.) That’s the only way to turn on the light and protect the voters of our state and the integrity of our electoral process,” Dank wrote in an Op-Ed column in today’s The Sunday Oklahoman.

Read his thoughts here: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-state-rep-time-to-shine-the-light-on-dark-money-efforts/article/5373262

Hickman Names Ortega, Nelson, Billy, Banz To Leadership Posts


House Speaker’s Office

Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman today announced several appointments to leadership positions, naming the majority floor leader, floor leaders and majority whip.

Hickman named state Rep. Charles Ortega to serve as majority floor leader. Hickman said that Ortega brings a unique combination of organizational experience and temperament to an important job that helps steer the House agenda.

“Every year, there are more than 2,000 bills and resolutions in the Legislature which must be considered,” said Hickman, R-Fairview. “It is absolutely vital that we operate not only efficiently, but also in a deliberative, thoughtful way which reflects the seriousness of what our constituents send us here to accomplish. I am confident that Rep. Ortega is the right person for this job.

Ortega, who served as assistant majority floor leader during the 2014 legislative session, will be responsible for reviewing legislation and overseeing the process to determine which bills will be heard on the House floor.

“It truly is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as majority floor leader,” said Ortega, R-Altus. “This is a big job and it won’t be easy, but I didn’t come here to sit on the sidelines. I welcome the challenge, and I have a vision for how the job can be done in an effective way. Our biggest challenge as a large majority is to stay focused and unified so we can accomplish pro-economic growth, conservative goals.”

In addition, Hickman named state Reps. Jason Nelson and Lisa Billy, two highly respected members throughout the House, to serve as floor leaders. Nelson and Billy will be responsible for developing the calendar and directing floor activity, including the scheduling of bills and resolutions for votes on the floor.

“I have had a lot of wonderful experiences during my time in the House, but I really am honored to be asked by Speaker Hickman to serve in this particular role,” said Nelson, R-Oklahoma City. “This is an opportunity to serve the members by ensuring a fair and efficient process for doing our work on the floor on the House of Representatives, and I am looking forward to that.”

“I am very grateful that Speaker Hickman asked me to serve in this role,” said Billy, R-Lindsay. “Debating bills and casting votes gets all the attention, but the process behind the scenes is where the rubber meets the road. I really believe the house has a great opportunity to advance a conservative, Oklahoma-values agenda, and I am glad that I get to be a part of it.”

Finally, Hickman appointed state Rep. Gary Banz to serve as majority whip, responsible for assisting the floor leaders and for ensuring that votes are in place and members are in attendance. The whip also serves as a sounding board for members who may have concerns on upcoming legislation.

“The real benefit of this role is that I get to interact with my colleagues on a daily basis,” said Banz, R-Midwest City. “One of the great aspects of being at the Capitol is the relationships you build with people from all across this state, many of whom you may have very little in common with other than the shared commitment to making our state better. Personally, I am very excited about the upcoming session.”

The 55th Oklahoma Legislature convenes on February 2, 2015 at noon.

November Gross Receipts Show Strong Sales, Softening Oil Prices

Treasurer’s Office

Gross Receipts to the Treasury in November dropped for the first time in 11 months, but it was due to an accounting correction, not an economic factor, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced today as he released the monthly revenue report.

Miller said gross receipts for the month are down by $11.78 million or 1.4 percent compared to November of last year.

“Overall, November numbers continue to be healthy, reflecting solid collections in personal income tax and sales tax,” Miller said. “If not for an accounting correction made by the tax commission last November, which inflated the bottom line by almost $40 million, gross receipts would have been more than last year.”

Personal income tax and sales tax collections are up over last November by 2.8 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively. Black Friday sales tax receipts are not yet reflected in collections as they will not be paid to the state until the middle of December.

The oil field

Collections from the gross production tax on oil and natural gas slipped below prior year collections in November for the first time in 19 months, down by $3.72 million or 5.3 percent. November remittances reflect production from September, when the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude at Cushing was listed at $93.21 per barrel. The same oil was selling for less than $70 per barrel this week. Prices peaked in June at almost $106 per barrel.

“We’re beginning to see the effects of the general decline in oil prices that began in July. However, the impact of today’s prices won’t be seen for another few months,” Miller said.

Noneconomic factors

In November 2013, the tax commission made a deposit of $39.8 million in motor vehicle revenue that was collected by the corporation commission during prior months but not accounted for due to a switch from paper check payment to electronic transfer. If not for that one-time correction, total gross receipts this month would have been higher than last year by $28 million or 3.4 percent.

Other indicators

After dropping below growth neutral in October, the Business Conditions Index for Oklahoma rose in November to 54.6 from October’s rate of 48. Numbers above 50 mean growth is expected. The index’s survey of businesses shows manufacturing employment is expected to return to pre-recession levels within the next year.

Oklahoma’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate shrank to 4.5 percent in October, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Compared to October of last year, when unemployment was set at 5.6 percent, the number of those jobless decreased by 20,310.

November collections

The revenue report for November sets gross collections at $846.06 million, down $11.78 million or 1.4 percent from November 2013.

Gross income tax collections, a combination of personal and corporate income taxes, generated $227.12 million, an increase of $6.12 million or 2.8 percent from the previous November.

Personal income tax collections for the month are $218.91 million, up $7.79 million or 3.7 percent from the prior year. Corporate collections are $8.21 million, down by $1.67 million or 16.9 percent.

Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $380.5 million in November. That is $23.86 million or 6.7 percent above November 2013.

Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $66.15 million in November, a decrease of $3.72 million or 5.3 percent from last November. Compared to October reports, gross production collections are down by $7.43 million or 10.1 percent.

Motor vehicle taxes produced $51.21 million for the month, down by $43.61 million or 46 percent from the prior year.

Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, horse race gambling and alcoholic beverages, produced $121.08 million during the month. That is $5.57 million or 4.8 percent more than last November.

Twelve-month collections

Gross revenue totals $11.93 billion during the December 2013-November 2014 period. That is $479.26 million or 4.2 percent higher than collections from the previous 12-month period.

Gross income taxes generated $4.22 billion for the period, reflecting an increase of $75.52 million or 1.8 percent from the prior 12 months.

Personal income tax collections total $3.69 billion, up by $155.43 million or 4.4 percent from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $531.02 million for the period, a decrease of $79.91 million or 13.1 percent over the previous period.

Sales taxes for the period generated $4.44 billion, an increase of $172.16 million or 4 percent from the prior 12-months.

Oil and gas production tax collections brought in $881.57 million during the 12 months, up by $95.74 million or 12.2 percent from the previous period.

Motor vehicle collections total $767.9 million for the period. This is an increase of $47.43 million or 6.6 percent from the trailing 12 months.

Other sources generated $1.63 billion, up $88.4 million or 5.7 percent from the previous 12 months.


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