Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 4, 2015
State Rep. Sears Annual Report
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Copyright 2015 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Next Chamber Luncheon Meeting is July 2 at City Park (City Employee Appreciation)
Rep. Earl Sears
Difficult State Budget Year
2015 Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Officers:
President -- Teresa Brown (American Bank of Oklahoma)
President-Elect -- Scott Reeves (QuikTrip)
Secretery/Treasurer -- Cynthia Reed (Cyn-Pro Graphics)
2015 Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors:
Charles Palmer - RCB Bank
Jackie Stephens - JB Stephens Properties
Ron Evans -- Collinsville Education Foundation
Jim Dolton -- Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home
Don Hutchinson -- VVEC
Christine Wilson -- Hometown Insurance
Stacy Brown -- CastleRock Financial Advisors
Sherry Campbell -- Custom Dental
Kent Smalygo -- Kent's Custom Cars & Trucks
President-appointed One Year Directors:
Robert Miller - New Life Assembly
Jason Ervin -- St. John Owasso
Josh Kelley - Redbud Physical Therapy
Marilyn Hardacre -- Keller-Williams Real Estate
Beth Ann Langston -- Home Town Real Estate
Collinsville Downtown Inc. -- Shelley Nachtigall
City Manager -- Pam Polk
Cherokee Nation -- Cara Cowan Watts
County Commissioner -- John Smaligo, Jr.
Mayor -- Bud York
School Superintendent -- Lance West
State Representative -- Earl Sears
State Senator -- Rick Brinkley
Earl Sears
State Representative

Melissa Carlson is the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce's manager.

Following his 9th Oklahoma legislative session representing Collinsville and the rest of District 11, Earl Sears made his annual June report to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. His main topic was the state budget "shortage" of $611 million that made for a very challenging 2015 session. Sears noted that Oklahoma is "doing well", bringing in more revenue than ever, but still needing to fund services including education, transportation, prisons, and all the other state agencies. The main contributor to the revenue shortage is the downturn in the oil & gas industry this past year. The state budget was balanced with cuts by many agencies and a flat butget for others (including public education) along with dipping into the "rainy day" fund for $150 million. Revenues are also down for next year setting up another challenging budget year.