|The photo above is
of the Special Olympic team before their Area Competition in Tulsa on
April 12. We were sorry we had left before you made it to the high school
on Wed. I will have more photos of the team this week. I will email them
to you and you may put them on your site if you would like.
Thank you, Lee Ann Smith
Special Olympic Coach (May 12, 2008)
The Special Olympics Kids left for OSU from CHS (Wednesday 8:45am May 7th) in the rain & escorted by the Rural Fire Department. -- Ted (5-7-2008)
|HRC Pres. Anita Mitchell, Dee Fildes, Laura Maul, Krista Nall, and Joyce Baker accepting the winning check from GFWC First District OK for having the most new members for the past year.|
Home Representative Club met May 6 at the Community Church for the
last meeting of the Club year, with guest Louise Hodson from South Africa
joining the festivities and sharing stories of her native Johannesburg.
Linda Pfeffer (5-8-2008)
Youth Football Signups (May 17th)
|There will be a walk in football SIGN UPS May 17th at the Collinsville High School Commons area. They will be from 9am - 12 noon. This will be the ONLY walk in sign ups that we will be hosting. For anyone that cannot make it you may sign up on youthfootball.com or sportabase.com. Once again this will be the only walk in sign ups available. The fees are $85.00. If you have any questions please call Roger Sailisbury @ 857-9256. (5-12-2008)|
Is A Responsible One
By State Rep. Earl Sears (May 12, 2008)
There are times in life where we just can't spend as much as we'd like.
Being fiscally responsible is just a part of life. And it's no different at the state Capitol. One of the biggest jobs we have in the House of Representatives is piecing together a state budget for each new fiscal year. In recent years, doing that has been easier because the state has had more revenues to spend. Unfortunately, after years of budget increases because of those higher revenues, we had to take a different approach to the 2009 state budget, which takes effect July 1.
To put it simply, we just didn't have as much to spend on what the citizens of this state needs. However, it's not at bleak as it sounds. While we're not seeing a budget increase this year, every state agency and program will be funded to exactly the same level of the previous year. Technically, it's called a "standstill budget." But I like to call it being responsible. The results of this budget agreement mean that we won't be overspending and putting Oklahoma in a bad situation. That's a good thing for every one of us.
Here are some of the important things you need to know about the new budget:
* All agencies and
programs will be funded exactly as they were last year.
Is this budget exactly what the state needs? It is and it isn't. There are still many things we weren't able to fit into the new budget, including pay raises for our hard-working teachers and state employees, additional road funding or other improvements. However, we did put together a cost-conscious and responsible state budget, which will help us in future years. Just like a home budget, you have to tighten the belt at times to ensure you don't outspend your future.
While it isn't ideal, this budget will do what it needs to do to keep Oklahoma running for another year. If you have any questions or comments on the budget agreement, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Earl Sears (R- Bartlesville) serves District 11 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7358 or via e-mail at email@example.com.