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“Changes in Oklahoma’s Tax System?: A Conversation with Oklahoma Watch’s Warren Vieth”

This story was also featured on State Impact, an eight member states collaboration that seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives. KWGS is one of StateImpact Oklahoma’s collaborative partners.

TULSA, OK (KWGS) - Oklahoma Watch reporter Warren Vieth has been following two legislative task forces that are currently examining the state's tax system. He has identified twelve tax credits that cost the state upwards of $170 million in lost revenue, which could be on the chopping block during the next legislative session. The tax breaks range from the credit on Oklahoma coal production, and historic building rehabilitation, to venture capital credits for rural Oklahoma companies, and wind energy development. Vieth is our guest on ST today.

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOUKOSUKWGSKCCUOETA and NPR.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.