Preston Doerflinger of the OMES said;
"..the savings are mostly cost avoidance and would not generate revenue to pay for the next budget.".
The McCarville Report just published a response for Governor Mary Fallin and The OMES, regarding the ideas put forward by the conservative thinktank.
The most obvious weakness in the OMES response is that they show that they aren't interested in cutting spending. Instead they are insistant that a real solution must include taking more tax money in.
What the Governor & OMES are really saying is;
"We don't want to cut costs.
We want to spend more and tax more."
UPDATE: BILL PASSES: The Vaccine Mandate Bill (SB83) passed by a vote of 7-4, in committee. It goes to the full senate, then to the House. Senators: David, Griffin, Pugh, & Simpson; voted against. Senators; Floyd, Jech, McCortney, Perriman, Rader, Standridge, & Yen; supported passage with ammendments. Senator Silk did not cast a vote, but spoke strongly against passage.
In the two weeks since the Governor pitched her scheme to raise massive new taxes, so as to keep funding boondoggle projects, give away more taxpayer-funded gifts to special interests, give everyone a raise, and keep building a new temple at 23rd & Lincoln; Mary Fallin proposed massive tax hikes and massively-expanded service taxes on all services rendered.
The House & Senate opposition is growing. George Faught posted a simple press release 10 days ago, and now nearly 30 of his colleagues from both houses are lining up with him, to condemn the Fallin Tax package.
OCPA and AFP are just two of the conservative thinktanks calling for a legislative rejection. Republican Candidates are also making opposition to this package a keey talking point of their campaigns.
After hearing the full presentation, a prominent Tulsa social justice warrior said something to the effect of "they built a facility for the men but not for the women... that will definitely result in a lawsuit.". Others standing by concurred. They seemed certain that women were being blatantly underserved.
But if they were really using the good senses that most of the mental health advocates around them exercised, they'd have been asking;
"Why are men being arrested for mental breakdowns at a rate of 10 times that of women?"
Men & women develop serious mental illness at relatively similar rates. Mania, and Psychotic Major Depression are certainly as relevant for women. But police seem to find a pretense for arrest more often when a man has a psychotic meltdown. this is dispite the fact that the mentally ill are no more violent than the population as a whole. Infact, they are more vulnerable to being a victim than the general public.
I think this says more about our societal fears than our realistic response to actual public dangers.
Many of the 'sociologists' on the left still believe that it is impossible for a member of a racial minority to be a racist, because they reason that a minority never attains the power to enact racist behavior. But we have to put away our preset presumptions when we seek to attack the social ills around us. Because sometime's we fall ill to the very sickness we label others with.
by Donny Tiemann
The TARA Event honoring Bunny Chambers a huge success !! Last evening the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly hosted a night of awards and political celebrities as they honored past Eagle Forum President & National Committee Woman, Bunny Chambers ! U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine was on hand to present a Congressional Citation to Bunny for her almost 50 years of service to the Republican Party.
Pam Pollard, OK GOP Chair, gave a moving talk on how Bunny served as a mentor to her as she was coming up in the party. Shelley Brumbaugh honored Bunny with a Oklahoma House of Representatives Citation that her husband Rep. David Brumbaugh secured for the event. Charlotte Rutledge Harer presented a wonderful citation from the Ok Federation of Republican Women. Sandy Hodges, current Eagle Forum President, read a letter from Carolyn McLarty, that provided a little of the history that she and Bunny had shared over the years.
The last award came from the TARA organization, as President David Van Risseghem presented Bunny with the inaugural Joan Johnson Award. Joan Inhofe Johnson's son, Jeff Johnson, spoke on what it was like having an activist for a mom growing up. Bunny was moved by the amount of recognition for her service, humbly stating that the things she did was no more than the things that members of the event were doing everyday. Attendees listened intently as Bunny questioned her recent retirement and thanked her husband for being with her through it all.