Legislature Given Below Average Session Grade

With the 2017 Oklahoma legislative session concluded, the final grades are now in and they run the gamut.

Following each session since 2013, the Oklahoma Economic Report (OER) has feature comments and letter grades from state leaders and representatives of various interest groups. This year’s composite grade of C- is the lowest recorded.

With an estimated budget shortfall of almost $900 million at the start of session, the primary focus was on whether state leaders would address the state’s ongoing revenue problem. In the end, a balanced budget was enacted, but opinions about the final product and how it was crafted was mixed.

Individual grades ranged from a B+ from House Speaker Charles McCall to an F from Alicia Priest with the Oklahoma Education Association.

 

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