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Copyright 2008 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
June 5, 2008
Representative Earl Sears Legislative Report
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Budget Dominated Oklahoma Legislative Session
"Rainy Day" Fund
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Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Cory Slagle
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This is for all Collinsville businesses, not just Chamber members.
Oklahoma District 11 Representaive
Earl Sears addressed the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce June 5, 2008.
Collinsville Chamber's June luncheon meeting was well attended by local elected
officials with Collinsville Mayor Stan
Sallee, State Senator Randy Brogdon,
State Representative Earl Sears
and Rogers County Commission Mike
Helm in this photo. Tulsa County Commissioner John
Smaligo (and several other Tulsa County officials) were also in attendance
along with local merchants and citizens interested in Collinsville's future.
Having just completed
his 2nd legislative session in the Oklahoma House of Representatives,
Earl Sears was excited to announce he was unopposed
for another two year term with the filing period closing June 4th.
billion budget (down $114 million from last year) drove most of the
recent session in OKC. Sears described it as a "standstill"
budget with "no cuts, but also no increases" as every area
of state government faces increased expenses. Huge increases in gas
prices are obvious to everyone, but the price of asphalt has doubled
in the past year at at time when road and bridge improvements have become
a high priority. "Oklahoma has faired well" relative to most
of the entire nation which is facing an economic downturn.
Rep. Sears gave
the following top priorities in his next legislative session:
- Raises for state
- Increased operations
funds for schools
- State's "Rainy
Day" fund still untapped and likely to remain so
- HB 1739 passed
which may change competition between municipal electrical providers
(like Collinsville) and outside providers without franchise election
- Sales tax holiday
(before school starts) extended to include school supplies (was clothing
only last year)
- No change to
state income tax reduction schedule
government has failed us" in regards to illegal immigration (HB1804)
- Student guns
on campus and English-only bills stalled
- State budget
shortage is primarily due to corporate taxes being down. Most revenue
from oil increases already directly targeted to specific accounts
(outside the budget). Education is one of about six such accounts.
for transportation funding continues to cause problems
- $300 million
bond issue for roads & bridges
- Capping state
matches for donations to higher education with huge increases at OSU/OU
(thanks to Boone Pickens and David Boron's efforts among others).
Matching legislation was set when donations were much smaller.
to be your state representative" ... enjoys your visits to the
capitol and question.
John Smaligo: Wants
state to open "rainy day" fund to help with funding short
falls caused by December 2007 ice storm (for the state's 12-1/2% portion
to local entities).
with state finances with state auditor under indictment.
|Mayor Stan Sallee:
been told by Congressman John Sullivan that federal funds for ice storm
had been sent to state. Asked for help getting the local portion of that
expedited. Rep. Earl Sears:
that one thing he has learned in his short time in state government is
that "nothing happens in a hurry".
Chamber meet is July 3rd at City Park for City Employee Appreciation Picnic