Oklahoma Tourism Deal Cost Taxpayers $12.4 Million

(AP) — Amendments to a lucrative contract between the state and a barbecue restaurateur to build and operate restaurants at six state parks ballooned the cost of the project by $12.4 million, the head of a state watchdog agency told House lawmakers on Thursday. Mike Jackson, the director of the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency, said his office quickly noticed irregularities in the contract between the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen. “It looked like it was very favorable to the vendor,” Jackson said. “LOFT was unable to find another contract structured this way.” Jackson said…

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