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Curtis Shelton

Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.


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More Federal Funds Increases Need for Transparency

Many often use the level of state revenues at the beginning of this current decade as the reference point to show just how much Oklahoma’s revenues have declined. It may seem odd to remember a time wh...

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What’s the difference: General Revenue Fund vs. Gross Receipts

The monthly treasurer’s report often references the general revenue fund (GRF) and total gross receipts together, but it is important to understand what these numbers really mean. Gross receipts are ...

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Get the facts about Oklahoma education finance

Because meaningful debate relies on good information, OCPA operates an education finance data tool. The web-based tool is available to the public at no cost here, and makes it easy to find financial i...

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Going Backward on Education Transparency

A bill passed during the last legislative session has changed how Oklahoma’s State Department of Education reports expenses. HB 1202 states that “aggregate current expenditures shall not include expen...

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State spending grew faster than inflation or population growth

In one generation, total state spending in Oklahoma has increased by $7.2 billion even when adjusted for inflation. This 70% increase shows the size and scope of government growing at an unsustainable...

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