Over the next few days, the Legislature will consider a proposal to reduce Oklahoma’s income tax. This year, Oklahoma state government will have more than $200 million of new growth revenue to spend. I believe it is vital for this revenue to go back to the taxpayers who over financed state government. This is important, […]
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 […]
Last Monday, the web developers from the ok.gov organization released a new update to the state’s official website located at ok.gov. Each day hundreds of Oklahomans use this site to interact with state government agencies. The new update reflects the fact that those accessing the site do so from a variety of platforms. The site […]
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 […]
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.
I am fascinated by potential application of social media to enable citizens to have a transparent, public and open dialog with government officials. Because of these innovations, government can become more responsive than ever before to the needs of citizens.
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 […]
A few weeks ago I published the latest version of the House District 31 transportation report. You can read the report online at hd31.org/293.
Last week’s Presidential visit brought a lot of attention to the issue of energy and gas prices.
Last week, legislators had to meet one of the most important legislative deadlines of the year. In order for a bill to stay alive in the legislative process, it had to be approved in its House of origin by last Thursday. Bills not receiving a vote are no longer eligible for additional consideration. A bill […]
Last week the House approved an important bill by State Rep. TW Shannon. His bill is designed to increase funding for county roads and bridges. Two weeks ago I wrote about the recently released 2012 Transportation Update for roads in and near House District 31. This report can be found online at hd31.org/268 where the […]