How can Obama meet Netanyahu after this? In Boston there is a protest today at the Park street T stop at 4, perhaps others now being planned. Meanwhile Rich Siegel translates Turkish television: "We have spoken to several spokespersons from the governments of the people on board and all of them ... 05/30/2010 - 1:00 pm | View Link
BY CHRIS CASTEEL firstname.lastname@example.orgWASHINGTON — Oklahoma lawmakers mostly withheld judgment Wednesday on a budget accord to avert another government shutdown, though at least two are expected to vote for the agreement.
BY NOLAN CLAY email@example.comA divorce judge has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 20 on a dispute over whether mayoral candidate Ed Shadid's sealed divorce records should be made public.
In one of the sealed records, Shadid invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
In a legal motion filed Wednesday, The Oklahoman asked Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond for access “on behalf of itself and the public” to the entire court file.
“Those documents may contain information that the voters want or need to know to make an informed voting decision,” The Oklahoman's attorney, Robert D.
BY RANDY ELLIS firstname.lastname@example.orgNovember's state general revenue fund collections were up 3.8 percent over last year, but still fell 7.9 percent short of the official estimate upon which the current state budget is based, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
The new monthly figures continue a trend of general revenue fund collections falling short of expectations during the first five months of the current fiscal year.
The general revenue fund is the primary funding source for state government agencies.
“Agencies need to be realistic and prepare to make due with what they already have,” said Preston Doerflinger, director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
So far, that hasn't happened.
In fact, state agencies to date have submitted budget requests seeking more than $1 billion in new appropriations, said John Estus, spokesman for Doerflinger's agency.
Sluggish collections are expected to complicate legislative efforts to meet pay raise expectations of state employees and fully fund such things as promised improvements in the state's child welfare system that were agreed upon as part of a settlement to a federal lawsuit.
From July through November, general revenue fund collections totaled $2.1 billion, which is $146.8 million, or 6.5 percent, below the official estimate.