|Summer 2010 Update: Rep. Sears was unopposed for re-election in 2010 and will continue serving District 11 for 2 more years.|
Tapped for Top Budget Position
OKLAHOMA CITY State Rep. Earl Sears said today that his appointment to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee by House Speaker-elect Kris Steele will give him an opportunity to lead efforts to craft a budget that will ensure the states economic prosperity.
I am honored that Speaker Kris Steele has selected me to be the Appropriations and Budget chairman for the House of Representatives, Sears, R-Bartlesville, said. We all know we have a billion dollar budget shortfall challenge before us in Oklahoma that continues to impact our great state. I am confident under Speaker Steeles leadership and with the help of all 101 members in the House we will rise to this budget challenge. Oklahoma expects us to lead by developing policy that puts Oklahoma on a sound economic path.
As chair of the House Appropriations and Budget committee, Sears is charged with overseeing the legislative formation of the states annual budget for various state agencies and departments including the filing of all appropriation bills and assigning those bills to subcommittees.
Prior to his legislative service, Sears served as principal of Central Middle School in Bartlesville for 22 years. He previously served as vice-chair of the House Education Committee.
The budget will be on the forefront of everyones mind this year and we will be under heavy scrutiny to get it right, Sears said. I look forward to working with Governor Mary Fallin, Speaker Kris Steele, Treasurer Ken Miller and the Senate Appropriations and Budget chair, Senator David Meyers, to keep Oklahoma moving forward.
|Oklahoma House of
Representatives (Media Division)
November 19, 2010 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
|Dear Citizens of House District 11:|
On February 7, 2011, I will once again return to the State Capitol to represent you in the House of Representatives. As I begin my third term, I will carry out my duties and responsibilities as your State Representative. Allowing me to work on your behalf continues to be a privilege and I thank you.
This session will have huge challenges because, once again, we have a state revenue shortfall. The federal stimulus funds are depleted and the Rainy Day Fund has been utilized in previous budgets. We saved $100 million dollars of the Rainy Day Fund to be used in the development of the 2012 budget. We wont know the extent of the revenue shortfall until February 22 when state funds are certified. The good news is we know we are not facing a one billion dollar shortfall as previously predicted.
Tax revenue streams to fund state government are up but not enough to meet the levels at which state agencies have been funded in previous budget years. Therefore, we foresee additional budget reductions to many state agencies at some level.
Good legislation and policies must address the needs of education, transportation, public safety, health care, prison reform, pension reform, and the redistricting of the House of Representatives. My energies will be to develop, support, and enhance good economic policies that will create jobs for Oklahomans. In addition, policies that assist and address the needs of hard-working citizens and businesses in Oklahoma will have my full attention. I am always mindful where the tax dollars come from that fund state government.
As this session moves forward, your thoughts, positions, and ideas are welcome. Until then, all of us must work together for the well being of our great state and the 3.7 million people who choose to call Oklahoma home.
Jan. 2011 Collinsville Chamber Of Commerce (with Flag)