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House mulling tax increases amid record $1.3B shortfall

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With just three weeks left in the legislative session, Republican House leaders this week acknowledged they will consider increased taxes on fuel, services, alcohol and cigarettes as potential options for closing a $1.3 billion hole in the state budget. House Speaker Jeff Hickman said those tax proposals, along with the elimination of tens of millions of ...

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Oklahoma House, Senate committees pass budget legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday began the daunting task of addressing a projected $1.3 billion hole in the next state budget, backing legislation that would raise or save roughly $200 million but knowing more difficult haggling lies ahead. Members of House and Senate appropriations committees adopted a series of joint budget bills that would increase revenue, including ...

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Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

DENVER (AP) — A bill enabling Coloradans to sue oil and gas drilling firms whose fracking operations damage property or harm people has advanced in the Democrat-led state House. Specifically, the bill would hold energy companies liable if their operations cause damaging earthquakes. The bill says plaintiffs could sue without having to prove that a drilling operation directly caused an ...

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Idaho House approves oil and gas regulation bill

Idaho House approves oil and gas regulation bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Monday approved legislation aimed at speeding up natural gas and oil production by changing the industry’s deadlines and decision-making process. Senate Bill 1339 would make the Idaho Department of Lands responsible for initial oil and gas decisions, while allowing the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to oversee and reverse such decisions. It ...

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New Mexico Legislature approaches budget agreement

New Mexico Legislature approaches budget agreement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature gave its final approval Wednesday to an operating budget for next year that shaves spending by $7 million, as the state draws down operating reserves to offset plummeting revenues tied to oil and natural gas. With a 57-10 concurrence vote by the House of Representatives, the $6.2 budget is now in ...

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A holistic approach to mortgage lending

When selecting a mortgage lender it’s important to find a reputable one, or better yet, ask around for recommendations. This is how homebuyers tend to find Valley Mortgage – friendly referrals based on past, proven performances. The company has been around since 1983 and thus, seen many changes in the industry’s regulations as well as approaches to lending. According to ...

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Four tips on finding your mortgage lender guru

Buying a house should be a collaboration throughout every part of the process. It’s one of the few major purchases and commitments you’ll ever make in a lifetime. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right professional who can meet any challenge that arises on the road to your next home. After all, you’ve done the leg work. You’ve talked ...

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Florida House passes fracking regulation bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice. Democrats strongly opposed the bill, saying hydraulic fracturing would put the water supply at risk and the practice should instead be banned. But Republicans said fracking isn’t regulated right now and the ...

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Texas legislators sound off about Keystone XL veto

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – The choice by President Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill was one against putting Americans to work and getting the country closer to energy independence, two area representatives said Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, said in a statement the president’s decision was disappointing because it was a bill that had bipartisan support ...

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ND Gov. Dalrymple signs $1.1B ‘surge funding’ bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a “great legislative accomplishment” Tuesday that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The record one-time spending bill was rushed through the House and Senate so infrastructure projects begin by summer. The bulk of the money will be spent in in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, ...

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