Disqualifying candidates based on occupation

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 […]

40 million dollars of savings and counting

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]