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After 18 months of construction, the new Oklahoma State Capitol Visitor Entrance, located on the southeast corner of the State Capitol building, is now open. To commemorate, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16. Steve Mason, chairman of the State Capitol Restoration Expenditure Oversight Committee, introduced the ceremony while state leaders Rep. Mark McBride and Sen. Roger Thompson, both members of the State Capitol Restoration Oversight Committee, shared remarks.

General Revenue Fund collections in August were $438.4 million and came in at $4.1 million, or 0.9%, above the monthly estimate. This is $13.0 million, or 2.9%, below collections in August of 2019. Overall August collections met expectations, but were lower compared to August of 2019 due to the continued depression of gas production tax and decline of other collections.

General Revenue Fund collections in June were $564.9 million and came in at $163.9 million, or 22.5%, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $114.6 million, or 16.9%, below collections in June of 2019. Total collections for the 2020 fiscal year were $6.27 billion and came in at $716.1 million, or 10.2%, below the 2020 fiscal year estimate and $586.8 million, or 8.6%, below prior year collections.

General Revenue Fund collections in July were $790.5 million and came in at $68.8 million, or 9.5%, above the monthly estimate. This is $290.8 million, or 58.2%, above collections in July of 2019. 

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services approved premium rates for health, dental, life, disability and vision insurance products to be offered to state, education and many local government employees, retirees and dependents for 2021.

General Revenue Fund collections in May were $490.1 million and came in at $65.5 million, or 11.8%, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $83.8 million, or 14.6%, below collections in May of 2019. Total GRF collections over the first 11 months of fiscal year 2020 were $552.3 million, or 8.8%, below the estimate, and $472.2 million, or 7.6%, below prior year collections for the same period.

General Revenue Fund collections in April were $529.1 million and came in at $416.2 million, or 44.0%, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $377.1 million, or 41.6%, below collections in April of 2019. Total GRF collections over the first 10 months of fiscal year 2020 were $486.8 million, or 8.5% below the estimate, and $388.5 million, or 6.9% below prior year collections for the same period.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services, in partnership with law enforcement and state and federal partners, is working around the clock to protect Oklahomans from fraud.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and a record number of Oklahomans file for unemployment, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services is doing what it does best, providing technology and human resources solutions to agencies that need it during this unprecedented time.

"Although we have yet to see the full impact of $20 per barrel oil, it is clear from dropping sales and use tax collections that our economy is beginning to feel the pain," said OMES Director Steve Harpe. "This compounded with COVID-19 'stay at home' requirements and extended IRS tax filing deadlines, we expect to see the greatest impact to collections over these last remaining months of fiscal year 2020 and into the upcoming fiscal year."

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