Rep. Murphey: The last straw

Rep. Murphey: The last straw

It was the last straw. For years, an area-based business owner had managed to deal with the stressful and potentially punitive sales tax collection requirements of the state, but a fiscally foolish decision by the governor and this year’s state legislature finally pushed him into a decision that will prove very costly to the state.

Ask Dr. Anna: Reward making for better obedience

Ask Dr. Anna: Reward making for better obedience

Starting obedience training with our pets is a lot like teaching someone a new language. In the past, it was common for trainers to use physical correction, coercion, and punishment to force animals to perform behaviors. Recently, with the help of psychological research, we’ve learned that animals can be taught in a more efficient and […]

Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

That was my first thought as I stared up at the monitor in the Appropriations Committee hearing room. The committee was just starting to consider the 2018 appropriations bill — a bill that was supposed to be House Bill 2401; however, the screen informed those of us on the committee that Senate Bill 860 was […]

Liability coverage – What is it and how much do I need?

Liability coverage – What is it and how much do I need?

By: Blake Wimsey Special to Guthrie News Page Blake Wimsey operates Foundation Insurance in downtown Guthrie. One of the most frequent issues I see on people’s current insurance is insufficient liability insurance. How much an individual or family needs is largely dependent on their assets and lifestyle. There is no one size fits all approach, and I try […]

Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. Last week I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a technique for getting new legislators to […]