The Terrible Legislative Budgeting Process

I suspect many Oklahomans envision that their state budget is carefully deliberated through the legislative committee system. They may believe the committee members understand the nuance for each significant agency expenditure under their purview and carefully vote on and approve proposed new budgets with each line item being built from zero up to a level […]

Chamber Chat: Airport Community Day coming

Tuesday, May 8th from noon to 1:00 we will have our regularly scheduled Educational Series with Insurance Commissioner John Doak. He would like to discuss insurance issues, including workers compensation that business owners may be having in the state.  This would allow him to take issues to the Capital and try to obtain resolution.

A real states rights solution

I hear often from House District 31 constituents regarding their frustration with the ever increasing encroachment of the federal government. From the fear of new healthcare policies to dealing with aggressive new environmental regulations, these constituents express their feelings of helplessness about their ability to have their voices heard. They want us to do something […]

Multiple projects underway in District 1

When the Board of County Commissioners meet at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 30 for their regularly scheduled meeting, work that is underway to improve county infrastructure will be reflected on the agenda. District 1 will present ten programming resolutions for approval by the commissioners for projects recently funded through the Surface Transportation Program administered by […]

Modernization Legislation Signed This Week Already Saving Nearly a Million Dollars

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a key cost-saving government modernization initiative. House Bill 2197 outlines what appears to be one of the most aggressive state government implementations of open source and open standards technology in the nation and purportedly has saved nearly a million dollars each year even before its implementation.

Severe Weather Season is Here

Matt Mueller Guthrie City Manager It is that time of year again when I can count on at least some interruption of my favorite TV shows due to severe weather coverage.  Guthrie is no stranger to significant weather related events.  In the past two and a half years, the community has seen several major snow […]

National Recognition for Oklahoma

Last Tuesday, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released its publication entitled, Rich States, Poor States. This is one of the most important reports for measuring each state government’s commitment to allow the free market to provide prosperity for its citizens. This year’s report prominently featured Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin who actually got to write the […]