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VITA moving data center servers as part of transition to cloud, new business model | Govt-and-politics

VITA got high marks from the state agencies for enabling them and their employees to operate remotely after the governor declared the public health emergency on March 12, according to a new report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which had been sharply critical of the IT agency a year earlier.

JLARC said last week that VITA had completed the transition to the new multi-vendor system after numerous delays and had provided “critical assistance” to state agencies to operate during the pandemic by expanding remote access by employees to agency computer networks, distributing an additional 2,700 laptop computers and boosting the staffing of its service desk.

“All the chips were down and you need your partners to execute, and we executed very well,” Ozovek said in an interview on Friday.

In a survey of state agencies, JLARC said more than 75 were satisfied with VITA’s help during the

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Oklahoma ups fuel tax at wrong time for revenue boost; new model likely needed to fund roads, experts say | Govt-and-politics

“We should look at this as an opportunity to innovate and not just how do we collect road taxes and these vehicles that aren’t paying it,” Jaynes told lawmakers. “There’s a much bigger puzzle we need to pay attention to.”

For the past several years, legislators have considered several methods for taxing EVs, including what would amount to a higher sales tax on them and a flat annual registration fee in addition to the usual motor vehicle taxes.

Jaynes said the sales tax — actually, the targeted elimination of an exemption that applies to all vehicles — would have equaled on average 12 years of fuel taxes for comparable vehicles.

A flat tax on EVs and hybrids was actually enacted in 2017, but the state Supreme Court disallowed it. There remains interest in such a levy, but Jaynes said it would not raise enough money.

Both proposals, she said, disconnect

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