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December 11, 2009 (30:01)

Economists with a national legislative group are predicting state budgets will take up to another two years to recover from the recession. The latest revenue collections for state government are due out next week, with the latest budget projections due out the week after that. The state Ethics Commission is being urged to begin charging fines for politicians who fail to meet deadlines for filing campaign reports. Those fines can go as high as $1,000 a day. Ethics Commission officials have told a House Subcommittee that it would need to hire at least one additional employee to begin processing the fines. One new death is being reported in the state because of H1N1 Flu. A Garfield county man died last week from the virus. The death of a Kiowa County man several weeks ago has not yet been confirmed as swine flu related. 11 Oklahoma Indian tribes are receiving millions of dollars in federal funding to improve mass transit systems on Indian lands. The funding is split between regular federal funding and money from the Stimulus Act. We talk with an expert about the pitfalls of early retirement as it pertains to Social Security benefits. As the life span of Americans increases, more workers are staying on the job longer and that could mean a bigger monthly check once retirement time does arrive.

Originally broadcast on December 11, 2009