Gov. Kevin Stitt spoke to a capacity crowd Friday in the InterBank Community Room in Kingfisher, at a town hall meeting hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. Stitt reiterated his campaign goal of making Oklahoma a "top 10 state." To give the state a fiscal safety net for down years, Stitt said he wants to gradually increase the state's savings from the $422 million in state coffers when he took office up to $2 billion.
A 47-year-old Enid woman and her 19-year-old daughter were arrested Thursday on complaints of child abuse when police learned of a child living in a home in squalid condition. Elizabeth Matthewson and Erica Matthewson were arrested on the felony complaints when officers were called to the home at 1837 E. Cedar. The house had many pets and smelled strongly of amonia while also being unsafe for a child to sleep in. Erica acknowledged it was not safe for the boy and said she considers herself an adult who should know better, according to the report
Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed legislation to overhaul Oklahoma's Supreme Court districts. Under the new law, Supreme Court justices will be selected based on Oklahoma's five congressional districts and the court will have four "at-large" justices who can reside anywhere in the state. Stitt also vowed that the shake up of Supreme Court districts is just the first of his many plans to reform the state's judiciary.
Speaking this week at a meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Rep. Kevin Wallace, who is chairman of the Appropriations and Budgets Committee, said he expected a $28 million increase in funding for higher education next fiscal year. The Oklahoma State Regents had requested an increase of more than $105 million from last year’s budget, which totaled $773.5 million.