2018 Legislative Wrap Up

Just a few days ago the State Legislature finished their regular session, passing the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriated state budget.

Learn more about next year’s budget and this year’s bills we tracked.

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Julia Kirt
Campaign Year: Rules & How Tos

Many elected positions will be on the ballot in 2018. How can nonprofit organizations participate legally and ethically to be sure new potential elected officials understand the value of arts and culture in their community?

Check out these tips and guidelines! 

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OFTA Board Endorses Plan

The Oklahomans for the Arts Board voted this week to endorse the Step Up Oklahoma plan.

Oklahomans for the Arts acknowledges this effort to increase sustainable revenues for our state as a first step toward stabilizing the budget.

By beginning the process of addressing Oklahoma’s structural budget deficit the Step Up Oklahoma plan will allow for deliberate efforts to be undertaken to begin the critical process of restoring the funding of essential smaller agencies such as the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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Julia Kirt
Engage: Negotiated State Budget

Last week the legislative leadership passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) .

The budget proposal reduces the Oklahoma Arts Council’s budget by 4.87%. This will reduce the ability of arts and culture organizations to improve our state’s communities and economy.

This was an incredibly hard legislative session for all. Past financial decisions and a slumping economy combined to create uncertainty for every part of our state government. While arts and culture advocates cannot be satisfied with this reduction of funds, we can be relieved to keep our state art agency more stable.

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Julia Kirt
State Budget Update 5-24-17

The State Legislature struck a late-night budget deal last night, parts of which are being debated today. Assuming it moves forward, there are two possible outcomes for the Oklahoma Arts Council's funding: 

Thanks for your advocacy and work so far! Obviously it helped us avoid serious disproportionate cuts. Neither budget proposal is ideal, but the Oklahoma Arts Council is in fairly close proportion to other cuts.

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Julia Kirt