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, […]
In May of 2011 we ground up the chip seal on Westminster going north from Waterloo. The pavement had gotten into such poor condition it was no longer feasible to maintain it. After it was ground up we had a very dry summer which caused wash-boarding on the road. We spread shale in some of […]
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 […]
Our next big project is the FreeWheel which I mentioned several months ago. We now have less than a month to finalize plans for the 850 bike riders that will be descending on us. It’s important for all restaurants to know how busy they will be that Wednesday, June 13th.
An American proverb says, “If you can’t ride two horses at once, you shouldn’t be in the circus.”
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 […]
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.
Larry Stevens Pastor of Noble Avenue Baptist Church In 1965, the Interstate 40 Crosstown Bridge was built just south of downtown Oklahoma City. It was a wonderful way to move traffic through Oklahoma City, and proved to be a wonderful asset as it enhanced the flow of traffic through Oklahoma City.
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 […]
It’s hard to believe that we are nearly half way through the year already!
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 […]
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 hoped you enjoyed the 89er Celebration. The crowds were estimated between 25,000 and 30,000. I heard many people comment it was one of the best parades they have seen. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who worked hard on the committee.
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.
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 that could cause category 3 water damage. Guthrie is no stranger to significant weather related events. In the past two and a half years, […]
Please welcome another new business to Guthrie! Shady Lady Old Time Photos is now open for business located at 113 W. Oklahoma! For more information call 260-3444.
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 […]
Over the last several weeks I have written about the different sources of funding available to District 2. With this article I would like to conclude the series by sharing what is being planned through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
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.
It has been really busy here in The chamber office. We have more groups coming into town who are requesting information packets. This week we have 300 Lutheran Women who are meeting at the Dominion House. Our calendar of events is full and getting fuller by the day.