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Oklahoma Governor issues executive order to cut regulations

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) issued an executive order on February 3 designed to prune state regulations by 25%.

The order has two main requirements. First, state agencies must review their administrative rules and list any that are expensive, ineffective, redundant, or outdated. Next, for all new restrictive rules proposed after February 15, 2020, agencies have to eliminate at least two existing regulatory restrictions until agencies reduce regulations by 25%.

The order requires the Oklahoma secretary of state to write an annual report for the governor “outlining progress made in eliminating burdensome regulations and streamlining state government.”

President Donald Trump issued a similar executive order at the federal level in January 2017. Executive Order 13771 included a requirement that agencies eliminate two old regulations for each new regulation issued.

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Mahoney Appointed Alaska Commissioner of Revenue

On February 4, 2020, Lucinda Mahoney was appointed commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Revenue by Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R).

Mahoney’s appointment comes after Bruce Tangeman resigned from the position in November of 2019 over differences with the governor. In his resignation letter, Tangeman stated, “The message you campaigned on and continue to stress was based on a math equation that would lead us toward fiscal responsibility. It has become apparent that the appetite by many for the level of budget reductions required to balance this math equation will be difficult to realize.” Tangeman commended Governor Dunleavy on the challenges he has undertaken in the state and said he believes that the governor has the best of intentions for Alaska’s future.

In Alaska, the governor is responsible for filling revenue commissioner vacancies by appointment, subject to legislative confirmation.

Mahoney is the 22nd commissioner of Alaska’s department of revenue. As principal executive officer, Mahoney is responsible for providing general supervision and directing the activities of the department. Alaska’s Department of Revenue enforces the tax laws of the state, registers cattle brands, manages the power development fund, and collects, invests and manages revenue.

Mahoney’s professional experience includes working as a business consulting company owner, as well as working for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and ARCO.

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Harvard the most attended higher education institution for top state executive officials

One hundred and ninety-two officials currently hold one of the top four state executive positions of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or secretary of state.

Below is a summary of the educational backgrounds of these state executive officials in 2020. Of the group, there are:

185 officeholders with a bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S., etc.)
56 officeholders with a master’s degree (M.A., M.S., M.B.A., etc.)
95 officeholders with a J.D.
7 officeholders with a Ph.D.
2 officeholders with an M.D.
7 officeholders with no higher education degree

Fourteen top state officials graduated from Harvard University with at least one degree, making it the most attended school, overall. Columbia University (8 officeholders), Yale University (7 officeholders), and the University of Virginia (6 officeholders) were the next-most attended universities.

Harvard University and Dartmouth College were the most-attended universities for bachelor’s degrees, with five alumni each. Harvard was also the most popular for master’s (4) and law degrees (6).

The table below shows a breakdown of degrees held by top state executive officials by degree type.

The following list provides a further breakdown of the different higher education degrees held by position:

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