Last week I wrote about the challenge lawmakers face as they sort through their thousands of emails and attempt to find correspondence from their constituents. It’s a task made all the more daunting by the recent practice employed by advocacy groups: emailing all legislators instead of just those who represent them.
“Please vote no! Thank you!” I stared at these five words, the only words in an email that someone had taken the time to send to every member of the House of Representatives. I just started laughing. It was a welcomed reprieve from a tense deadline week — two weeks ago.
I took a pledge in 2006 to refuse personal gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists and their employees. When I took that pledge, I knew it was the right thing for me to do, but I didn’t envision the various impacts of the pledge in the long term.
GUTHRIE – State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, continued his mid-March tradition of providing a yearly donation of $8,241.92 from his legislative salary to the Guthrie-based Crossroads Clinic.
As I write this article, state officials are responding to the seismic activity from two weeks ago. It appears that this effort will seek to cut back our area’s wastewater injection activity to “pre-seismicity” levels. It has been described as the state’s most comprehensive cutback plan to date.
Imagine the following absurdity: a police officer pulls over a speeding motorist and issues him a ticket. The motorist responds, “You don’t have the authority to give me a ticket and I am not going to slow down!”
State Rep. Jason Murphey's (R-Guthrie) weekly column.
It is now reasonable to forecast the following: fiscal year 2017 will become the first year in recent state history when the amount of state spending will be substantively reduced.
A few days ago, a state agency head appeared before one of our House Appropriations Committees. He described his agency’s efforts to cut cost: “We are saving $24,000 per year because we have moved some of our offices to a less expensive building.”
It’s difficult to listen to the local news without experiencing a barrage of doom and gloom regarding state government’s ongoing budget malaise. Lost in this avalanche of negativity was a recent report from the US Census Bureau.
Thank you to all of those who attended the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s town hall and hearing at Waterloo Road Baptist church this past week. The high turnout sent a strong message to state officials about the importance of upgrading the area’s road infrastructure.
Early last August, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission established an official “cutback zone”. The Commission created this zone in response to our area’s seismic swarms.
Last week I wrote about the Legislature’s need to take immediate action to allow for the enforcement of the Corporation Commission’s cutback directives. That article may be viewed at hd31.org/777. Here is why I think immediate legislation is necessary:
It wasn’t good news. Just after 11 a.m. on the morning of November 4, I glanced at my phone and saw the following text: “Really strong earthquake here about 15 minutes ago. Strongest I’ve ever felt.”
I was recently asked about my point of view regarding term limits. It’s was a timely question as I am likely to file a proposal within the next few weeks designed to term limit Supreme Court Justices. In response to the question, I sent this description of how term limits has played an important role […]
Last week I wrote of the shared feeling of helplessness which many feel regarding their inability to have their voice heard in the large, ever-more intrusive federal government.
From time to time I give a presentation to area civic and political groups regarding legislative events. I have found that the greatest value from these presentations isn’t in the formal, public interaction with the audience but in the input I receive as attendees speak to me after the meeting concludes.
In a 2007 committee hearing, legislators received an important report containing cost-saving recommendations. One notable recommendation suggested that “tremendous ongoing savings” would be realized if higher education entities, including the University of Oklahoma, would collaborate with each other and state agencies in purchasing activities.
Last week I provided a copy of a letter which I wrote to legislators in 2014 regarding the need for budget reform. In that letter I outlined the benefits of transitioning the state budget development framework away from a “closed door” process by which only a few have power and into a member-driven budget which […]
As I composed last week’s article regarding the need for a reform of the state budget process, I recalled a letter in which I made the case for reform and sent it to members of the House Majority Caucus during the spring of 2014. In that letter, I sought to point to the potential advantages […]
Think about the means by which a business prepares its budget. Each business unit submits its operational plans and budget for the next year to management. Unit leaders must document and defend their rationale for each request.