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The Gaillardia, also known as the Indian Blanket, is the official state wildflower of Oklahoma Fiscal Year 2011/2012 (Published June 2012) Our Great State Oklahoma is known for its abundant resources, most notably its oil and gas production. Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in the production of wheat, fifth in cattle and calf production, and eighth in hogs and hay. The state enjoys a very low tax burden, a low cost of doing business, has a highly skilled and productive work force, is geographically well positioned, and has some of the lowest utility costs in the nation. Oklahoma’s 200 lakes and rivers provide Oklahomans with many opportunities for outdoor recreation. In 2010, Oklahoma had a population of 3,762,000 with 260,000 of those American Indians, which is the largest per capita American Indian population of any state. Goals of the State Employment In 2012, the State of Oklahoma is launching a major online initiative, OKJobMatch.com to assist students, military veterans, and out‐of‐work Oklahomans in finding compatible job opportunities, as well as aiding businesses in finding skilled labor. Energy Natural gas is an abundant source of efficient, affordable, and clean energy. The State of Oklahoma in conjunction with the State of Colorado has launched a bipartisan, multistate initiative to improve infrastructure necessary for the United States to transition to the use of natural gas fueled automobiles. Education Through initiatives designed to build upon the Complete College America national initiative, the State hopes to increase the number of annual college graduates by two‐thirds by the year 2023. Health Efforts led by the Fit Kids Coalition and the American Heart Association will open public school facilities to the general public, making exercise facilities more easily accessible. Selected Demographic Information Calendar Year 2009 Calendar Year 2010 Calendar Year 2011 Population 3,687,000 3,762,000 3,792,000 Per Capita Income $35,840 $35,396 $37,277 Unemployment Rate 6.4% 7.1% 6.2% % of Total Workforce In State Government 2.4% 2.3% 2.2% Public School Enrollment 671,004 680,460 685,422 Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Tax Collections per Capita $ 2,044 $ 1,680 * $ 1,827 Primary Government Debt per Capita $ 584 $ 599 $ 704 ** * As a result of the nationwide recession, FY10 tax collections lagged significantly in Oil and Gas production, Sales, and Use taxes. ** Government debt increased as a result of the Capital Improvement Authority restructuring five bonds in a manner that would assist the State’s cash flow during the current time of economic uncertainty. Inside this issue: HOW WE HAVE PROGRESSED 2 THE STATE’S FINANCES 3 WHAT’S NEXT? 4 The State Government: The State of Oklahoma is governed by three branches of government that work together to uphold the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, which is the basic law under which the state operates. Legislative Branch Consists of the Senate and House of Representatives. Judicial Branch Holds the State Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals which are the maximum appellate courts in the state. Executive Branch Includes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Insurance, and the Commissioners of the Corporation Commission.
|Okla State Agency||
Finance, Oklahoma Office of State
|Okla Agency Code||'090'|
|Title||State of Oklahoma : a report to our citizens, 2011/12|
Oklahoma. Office of State Finance.
|Purpose||How We Have Progressed; The State's Finances; What's Next?|
|For all issues click||F750.3 S797r|
|Digital Format||PDF, Adobe Reader required|
|ODL electronic copy||Filed through documents.ok.gov submission system|
|Rights and Permissions||This Oklahoma state government publication is provided for educational purposes under U.S. copyright law. Other usage requires permission of copyright holders.|