Back in February I wrote an article describing the influence of certain lobbyists over the legislative process. I wrote that lobbyists, ” . . . are professional relationship manipulation experts and expert strategists, and they know the pressure points to push to get a key lawmaker’s vote. Their attempts to kill a good bill appear […]
We get some pretty interesting calls at the District 1 shop, including one I received this week. It was about a turkey with its head stuck in a fence by a well.
While a primary role of the Board of County Commissioners is to serve as the main administrative body for the county, setting policies and making fiscal decisions, our duties also involve road and bridge maintenance and responding to the public. Some of the most common questions we receive on a regular basis include the following:
I believe our nation’s founding fathers designed Congress to be made up of citizens from varied professions and occupations. This concept was applied to the legislatures of the several states, including Oklahoma. Legislators naturally tend to gravitate to the area of policy to which they are familiar and I enjoy watching the contributions made from […]
Last month I pledged to you to identify in this column what I’ve found to be items valued by our community. With that in mind, I should mention that I am a strong proponent of extra-curricular activities as they extend the school experience past the last bell and often into the evening. This extension of […]
The issue of pork earmarks or legislative pass-throughs has received a bit of public scrutiny within the past few weeks after the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs, an Oklahoma City television station, and one of the state’s largest newspapers investigated and criticized the ongoing practice.
Imagine the challenge faced by the citizen who feels the call to become civically involved and hold government accountable only to be denied access to transparency records to which he is legally entitled. Or put yourself in the place of the conscientious journalist who has been trained to do the necessary research to present a […]
KOCO TV wanted to know what makes our town so special so we told them. Last month I submitted five pages full of things that make Guthrie so great in response to their On the Road “Helping Hands Tour”. This past week I heard back from them saying we were one of the five towns chosen! […]
Oklahoma taxpayers received some great news as part of a recently released report from Oklahoma State Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit. During the last legislative interim, the Government Modernization Committee was told the state’s information technology consolidation plan allowed taxpayer to realize 30 million dollars of savings each year. CIO Pettit’s latest report has upgraded […]
Last week I described the future model of higher education as being mostly free to use. This begs the obvious question. Who will pay for this education? After all, nothing is really free.
It is a practice in the District 1 office that employees document their activities each day as they return from various work sites. Not only does this documentation indicate that county employees have been working for you but the information has proven helpful in seeking reimbursement for emergency repairs through state and federal programs.
Here are a few highlights of what we are doing to promote Guthrie for the rest of the year and into 2013. We have a tile ad on the front page of the Central Oklahoma Tourism website from this past July through June of 2013. Every month the ad will be different and geared towards […]
You have heard of “hardening of the arteries”. It is deadly. The body no longer functions properly, the walls of the arteries thicken, harden. They become narrow and blood flow is blocked. It attacks the heart. There is also hardening of the heart, hardening of the lungs, hardening of the liver. Each of these conditions […]
Our Educational Series is next Tuesday, Aug. 14th from 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the OSU extension office. Cathy James will be teaching this program.
Officially, I started with GPS on July 1st but my work here started shortly after the Board of Education meeting on March 29th. During this time, I’ve been identifying areas where this community places the greatest value and how it relates to the school district. What I’ve found and continue to find along the way, […]
Most of our updates have centered around paving roads, strategizing on how to get funding for infrastructure improvements, rehabilitating county roads with shale, building bridges, soil erosion prevention, etc. This time, however, I want to share with you what county officials in other areas of our nation have been writing about.
I have found it interesting that it has taken so long for technology to bend the cost curve for Oklahoma higher education entities. Just as in many other areas of the business world, Oklahoma universities should have developed the ability to provide effective administration with far fewer people due to advances in technology. In the […]
There were some positive outcomes from this year’s legislative session. This includes the scheduled closure of two high profile state government corporate welfare funds. Closing these funds removes state government from meddling in the free market where it all too often creates unintended negative consequences.
The Children’s Festival went off very well considering the heat. It was hard to tell how many children attended this year since they didn’t require everyone to register. I do know they gave away 1100 hot dogs and 740 hamburgers. This year families were asked to register if they needed help with school supplies; 540 families […]
Matt Mueller Guthrie City Manager This is the time of year that money is at the forefront of our minds at the City of Guthrie. There are two major events that make this so. The first is the FY2013 budget is being finalized, and the second is that our annual audit has recently been completed. […]