OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in February were $385.2 million and came in at $64.0 million, or 19.9 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $91.0 million, or 30.9 percent, above collections in February of 2018. Total collections over the first eight months of the fiscal year are $267.8 million, or 6.8 percent, above the estimate to date and $631.6 million, or 17.7 percent, above prior year collections.
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General Revenue Fund collections in October totaled $524.7 million, which is $18.7 million, or 3.7%, above the monthly estimate. This is $28.4 million, or 5.1%, below collections in October of 2019. Total GRF collections through the first four months of fiscal year 2021 are $2.3 billion, which is $101.0 million, or 4.6%, above the estimate, and $258.0 million, or 12.5%, above prior year collections for the same period.
The Board of Equalization, chaired by Governor J. Kevin Stitt, on Wednesday certified $8,249,071,274 in revenues for FY 2020 appropriations, which is $574.5 million, or 7.5 percent, more than was appropriated for FY 2019.This amount is $37.8 million, or 0.5 percent, less than the December estimate.
Feb. 12, 2019
Year-to-date collections continue to beat estimate
General Revenue Fund collections in January were $714.5 million and came in at $58.1 million, or 8.8 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $118.5 million, or 19.9 percent, above collections in January of 2018. Total collections over the first seven months of the fiscal year are $203.7 million, or 5.7 percent, above the estimate to date and $540.6 million, or 16.6 percent, above prior year collections.
Jan. 15, 2019
GRF collections up over first half of fiscal year
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in December were $620.6 million and came in at $50.2 million, or 8.8 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $108.0 million, or 21.1 percent, above collections in December of 2017. Total collections over the first six months of the fiscal year are $145.6 million, or 4.9 percent, above the estimate to date and $442.1 million, or 15.8 percent, above prior year collections.
"It's a good sign we are on the positive side of the estimate this month," said Office of Management and Enterprise Services Acting Director John Budd. "But I think we should be mindful that this month's report does not yet reflect the effects of falling oil prices. The December collections reflect October production when oil was more than $70.00 per barrel."
Dec. 11, 2018
Lagging oil prices not expected to hit GRF until January
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in November were $502.2 million and came in at $75.0 million, or 17.5 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $111.5 million, or 28.6 percent, above collections in November of 2017, which is mostly due to law changes that took effect this year. Total collections over the first five months of the fiscal year are $95.4 million, or 4.0 percent, above the estimate to date and $314.1 million, or 14.6 percent, above prior year collections.
"Regarding GPT, the lag between production and collections is usually about two months and the November collections reflect prices from September when West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil (WTI) prices averaged $70 per barrel," said Office of Management and Enterprise Services Director Denise Northrup. "So the returns we are looking at for this month aren't reflecting the falling oil prices we are seeing right now."
Nov. 13, 2018
Gross production tax collections still not meeting estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in October were $520.2 million and came in at $10.0 million, or 2.0 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $83.9 million, or 19.2 percent, above collections in October of 2017. Total collections over the first four months of the fiscal year are $20.4 million, or 1 percent, above the estimate to date and $202.6 million, or 11.5%, above prior year collections.
Oct. 9, 2018
Year-to-date returns for first quarter almost equal to estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in September were $545.1 million and came in at $8.2 million, or 1.5 percent, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $40.1 million, or 7.9 percent, above collections in September of 2017.
"The first quarter year-to-date numbers are running essentially flat at 0.7 percent above estimate. Additionally, strong gross revenue performance should not overshadow the fact that the FY 2019 budget was built on these estimates that we are currently matching," stated Northrup. "Simply put, the numbers we are seeing are not currently indicating FY 2019 will produce a windfall."
Sales tax collections, while well below prior year, are in line with the estimate because of the anticipated transfer to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation per HB 3712, which temporarily redirected allocations totaling $29 million to the State Highway and Construction Maintenance Fund and the Oklahoma Railroad Maintenance Revolving Fund. The temporarily redirected allocations will conclude next month.
Sept. 11, 2018
Two major reporting categories still missing monthly estimate
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in August were $454.6 million and came in at $28.2 million, or 6.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $40.9 million, or 9.9 percent, above collections in August of 2017.
Aug. 14, 2018
First month's collections for FY 2019 leave room for improvement
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in July were $449.1 million and came in at $9.6 million, or 2.1 percent, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $37.8 million, or 9.2 percent, above collections in July of 2017.
"Historically, July isn't the strongest month for collections, but we expected to make the estimate," said Office of Management and Enterprise Services Director Denise Northrup. "While I'm not overly concerned by the July receipts, there are still some hurdles that we need to clear before we see numbers that are in line with where we were before the economic downturn."
Aug. 9, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) 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 2019.
The rates were recommended by the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board and approved by OMES Director Denise Northrup.
Caden ClevelandDirector of Legislative and Public Affairs
As director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Caden Cleveland works closely with OMES Chief of Staff Dana Webb and oversees the Public Affairs team. He serves as the spokesperson for the agency and collaborates with all other OMES divisions to communicate with the public and promote OMES. Cleveland, who is a native Oklahoman, earned a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University and worked for the Oklahoma Senate before joining OMES. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and their goldendoodle, Liberty.
Denise WhiteCommunications Manager
As publications manager for OMES Public Affairs, Denise White’s mantra is that we are all in this together – it is in partnership with one another that our success is guaranteed. And to that end, she shares this sentiment with Maya Angelou: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to so do with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."
Jake LowreyeGov Manager
A member of the original OMES Communications Department, Jake Lowrey manages content on the agency website, oversees GovDelivery communications system for the state and supervises the team responsible for accessibility of agency documents. Regardless of rumors to the contrary, he is a member of the human race and not an alien from outer space.
Bonnie CampoPublic Information Manager
Bonnie Campo is the public information manager at OMES. She spent close to 10 years in the broadcast news industry before joining the Public Affairs team in November of 2020. When she is not working, Bonnie is spending time with family and friends, or on a hiking trail. Please contact her for media related requests.
Amy SouthallBenefits Communications Specialist
Amy Southall has been with OMES Public Affairs since 2016 and with the State of Oklahoma since 2001, with nearly 15 of those years spent with the OMES Employees Group Insurance Division. As a benefits communications specialist for the Public Affairs communications team, Amy makes your job in communicating with internal and external customers easier. In addition to copy editing and contributing written content, she also remediates agencywide material for website accessibility.
Ben BiglerGraphic Designer
Ben Bigler's goal is to transform information and concepts into images and publication designs that are appealing, easy to understand and, occasionally, entertaining. Ben is always on the lookout for new ideas and his more than three decades as a photojournalist, page designer and informational graphic artist give him tools to help your audience see what you want to say. When not in front of a computer, Ben can usually be found in the garden, in the kitchen or on a mountain trail.
Brian AltenhofelUI/UX Designer
Brian Altenhofel is an experienced web developer and has been with OMES Public Affairs since 2018. Brian enjoys long days writing code and solving difficult problems while using a mechanical keyboard and a trackball. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, long nights in Azeroth and watching all forms of auto racing.
Brian LundmarkVisual and Graphic Arts Specialist
Brian Lundmark wanted to be a cartoonist but settled for being an Emmy award winner, a world famous dancer and a YouTube sensation. Now he spends his time creating beautiful graphics and videos for the state of Oklahoma and helping your projects be as awesome as you are.
Brittany Coley-RobertsPublic Record Coordinator
Brittany Coley-Roberts developed and implemented a streamlined OMES open records request process online. Her history as an executive administrative assistant, employee training manager and experience with a variety of software and technical assistant roles helps her be a team player who is willing to contribute to this division in a variety of ways. She has taken significant initiative with OMES’ social media presence and acts as one of two lead administrators on OMES social channels.
Christa BolainCopy Editor
Christa Bolain coordinates and creates original content for all OMES social media platforms, with an emphasis on written and visual communication. She assists with the research, writing, editing and distribution of OMES internal and external publications for grammar, spelling, consistency and OMES branding compliance.
Christa earned her B.A. in professional writing with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society for excellence in journalism and mass communication.
Debra BakerBenefits Communications Specialist
As a communication specialist and web administrator, Debra Baker is part of a team focused on making information accurate, clear and easy to understand prior to distribution. Her role involves working with printed and electronic publications along with maintaining the information on the OMES website. She acts as the point of contact for different divisions on many projects and has 30 years’ experience as a state employee.
Jessalyn JohnsonGraphic Designer
Jessalyn Johnson's work is focused on creating graphics and publications that clearly communicate complex information in simple and dynamic ways. Her 15+ years of experience in branding, apparel, large format, packaging and print design allow her to do this effectively. Jessa is passionate about improving her skills. She welcomes constructive criticism and devotes herself daily to becoming a better person, designer and communicator. She also enjoys oil painting, traveling, playing golf, and spending time with her girlfriend and two adopted children.
Kory OswaldCopy Editor
Kory Oswald is an award-winning journalist and professional communicator with a deep understanding of multimedia, content creation, news publication and propagation. He is experienced in broadcast and print news, starting as a reporter then digital media director, managing editor, editor-in-chief and eventually as a publisher. Now he bring his experience to OMES Public Affairs. He serves as a copy editor for internal and external communications, and contributes to video and audio projects like the Get Stuff Done Podcast, OMES Employees Group Insurance Division videos and A Seat at the Table podcast.