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Kern Urges Opposition to “Common Core” Standards
State Rep. Sally Kern said today that lawmakers should oppose adoption of “common core” academic standards to prevent greater federal encroachment into state issues.
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Saves Taxpayer Money
Drug testing welfare recipients saved Florida taxpayers nearly $1 million in the first month of implementation, leading two Oklahoma lawmakers to announce they will re-file similar legislation in Oklahoma.
Governor, cabinet talk education
A critical step toward advancing Oklahoma’s economy is ensuring the state has a qualified work force, Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday.
Fallin, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and members of Fallin’s cabinet spoke at a town hall forum at Oklahoma State University’s Wes Watkins Center Wednesday afternoon. During the forum, Fallin and other speakers discussed the role of education in the state’s overall economic health.
Coburn urges shared sacrifice
Sen. Tom Coburn faced pointed questions and fired back some similarly pointed responses during a Town Hall meeting Wednesday at Rogers State University.
Cole: Some Congressional agreements likely in the future
The country’s political and financial systems face huge problems, but may not be as hopelessly messed up as they seem.
State Rep. Lisa Billy Praised for Work on Public Safety
State Rep. Lisa J. Billy has been named the Oklahoma State Troopers Association’s 2011 Legislator of the Year.
“Maintaining public safety is one of the true core functions of government, and I am honored to receive this recognition for my efforts to keep Oklahoma families safe,” said Billy, R-Purcell. “As we face this tough budget environment, I will continue to promote policies that allow our state dollars to go further without sacrificing safety.”
House and Senate members selected for Water Committee
Legislative leaders today announced full membership of the Joint Legislative Water Committee, which will work on long-range water policy recommendations for Oklahoma.
Bill to Give States Freedom to Manage Federal Highway Tax Revenues
U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), John McCain (R-AZ), David Vitter (R-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Daniel Coats (R-IN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives James Lankford (R-OK) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today introduced the State Transportation Flexibility Act that would allow state transportation departments to opt out of the Federal-Aid Highway and Mass Transit programs. Instead, these states would be able to manage and spend the gas tax revenue collected within their state on transportation projects without federal mandates or restrictions. In addition to the 14 Senators and 24 Representatives co-sponsoring this bill, it has received support from numerous national organizations and state officials including endorsements from Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) and Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation, Gary Ridley.
Lawmaker Encourages Texas Governor’s Right to Pray
State Rep. Mike Reynolds said today that he is outraged to hear of yet another attempt to undermine the right of Americans to practice their faith.
Dr. Coburn Releases New Report Exposing Wasteful Government Spending in Oklahoma
In addition to releasing a plan that would reduce the federal deficit by $9 trillion over the next ten years and prioritize federal spending, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced a separate report exposing wasteful government spending in his home state of Oklahoma. The “Oklahoma Waste Report” questions the merits of more than 30 federal programs throughout the state of Oklahoma costing taxpayers at least $170 million.
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