9 Investigates: Keeping Them Honest
State Agency Head Gets $90K Raise As Electricity Rates RiseThe head of a powerful state agency is facing heightened scrutiny from Oklahoma's elected leaders. The CEO of The Grand River Dam Authority recently received a $90,000 raise just months after raising the energy rates of the agency's power customers.
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Spending Millions After Shortfall Just Last YearThe Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said they were forced to raise tolls last year because of a $21 million dollar shortfall. This year they're spending the money from that toll hike, but there is one project many drivers are unhappy about.
Cities Complain They're Being Shortchanged by the Tax CommissionIf you live in Oklahoma, you've probably felt the effects of budget cuts in your town. That's because the budgets in most cities and towns are funded by sales tax revenue, which has plummeted in the last couple of years. Some cities are pointing a finger at the Oklahoma Tax Commission, saying it's not doing a good job collecting the taxes.
Oklahoma Turnpikes: Was the Last Toll Hike Necessary?Last year the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority raised tolls on all the state's turnpikes by more than 15 percent. The authority claimed a budget shortfall forced them to do it. But the Turnpike Authority may have passed the bill on to their customers when they already had the money to make up the shortfall.
Oklahoma's Turnpikes: Who Is Profiting?What started out as one toll road connecting Oklahoma City and Tulsa has turned into a multi-billion dollar web of turnpikes across the state. Sixty-three years later, Oklahoma drivers are still paying that bill. Some lawmakers and citizens fear the turnpike authority has too much power.
OIT: Oklahoma Turnpike Interactive Map