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‘Tis the season of giving, which often becomes the season of spending, too. Are you prepared with a plan for budgeting your finances this holiday season?

Oklahoma state government is getting $1.87 billion of the $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA). This is the spending bill signed back in March by President Biden. 

Much effort has been put into “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Success in achieving that goal is welcome. What Oklahoma should not do is “flatten the curve” on future economic growth as we emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown, yet it is likely special interest groups will advocate for policies that indirectly achieve that result through a misguided response to state budget challenges.

In recent years, status-quo forces have described Oklahoma’s 2009 per-pupil funding level as a goal for state spending and argued that the slight reduction in per-pupil appropriations experienced following 2009 is to blame for the state’s education problems.

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a spending problem. I can’t seem to stop myself from buying things online. Plus whenever I go out to the mall or something, I can’t just look. I end up buying something.