Statistics compiled by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission indicate Southwestern Bell has made and will continue to make ample earnings to justify a significant investment in public school technology, according to a Senate leader who is pushing for commissioners to secure such an investment.read more.
The State Senate filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, attempting to overturn a recent workers compensation rate hike on Oklahoma businesses. The action seeks a new hearing on a 5 percent rate increase ordered by the State Board for Property and Casualty Rates in September.
Three Senators who have argued for a rate cut in recent months -- Bruce Price, Brad Henry and Penny Williams -- explained the Senate lawsuit.read more.
A Senate budget leader is urging the three members of the State Corporation Commission not to sell Oklahoma schools short when they reach a final regulatory settlement with Southwestern Bell.
In a letter to Commissioners Denise Bode, Bob Anthony and Ed Apple, Senator Cal Hobson cited growing public support for a proposal that would make common education technology a top priority in any cash settlement with the telephone company.read more.
If Southwestern Bell and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission reach an agreement on a new rate review process, the pact should include funding for technology needs in the Oklahoma public schools, according to the lawmaker who helps write the budget for common education.read more.