"Whatever you subsidize will magically grow,
and justify the existence thereof".
Even if there was no need for the subsidy to begin with, there will soon be a new lobby group to represent those who are making a career out of the legislation that the state carves out for them.
The autism advocacy lobby is pushing for several government interventions, unfunded mandates, and insurance requirements. The Music Therapy trade groups are pushing for insurance companies to pay for music therapy treatment, administered by a professional Music Therapist.
How did Oklahoma ever manage to survive without the state licensing professionals to administer music as therapy?
Parents used to teach their kids how to read & write without a professional teacher doing it for them. Ben Franklin became a world-famous scientist with a simple home education and a love for learning. But every state eventually started licensing teachers and soon we were all told that only a professional can do it correctly. And now, education is the single biggest expense in our state budget. What's worse is, most every other state spends even more than Oklahoma! When funding sources are made available, there are magically a whole bunch of new practitioners ready to take that money, thank you! Just look at all the new "universities" popping up at storefront locations around the landscape. Why? Because there are billions of dollars in federal grants, loan guarantees, and other funding sources.
But did we really intend to have mandated universal healthcare pay for comforting teen girls whose boyfriend broke up with them? And does a Music therapist really need to be licensed by the state to provide this 'service'? And should everyone else's taxes and insurance premiums rise so that everyone can get their musical therapy paid for by someone else?
Who voted for this new Music Therapy government agency & oversight board?
38 Senate Supporters
Anderson Fields Matthews Smalley
Barrington Floyd Mazzei Sparks
Bass Ford Newberry Standridge
Bice Fry Paddack Stanislawski
Bingman Griffin Pittman Thompson
Boggs Jech Quinn Treat
Brooks Jolley Schulz Wyrick
Crain Justice Sharp Yen
David Loveless Shaw Dossett
54 House Supporters
Banz Enns Loring Rogers Biggs Faught
Martin Rousselot Billy Fourkiller McDaniel, J. Russ
Caldwell Goodwin Munson Sanders Cannaday Griffith
Murdock Scott Casey Hardin Nelson Sears
Cockroft Henke Nollan Tadlock Condit Johnson
Ortega Thomsen Coody, A. Jordan Osborn Virgin
Coody, J. Joyner Ownbey Watson Cooksey Kannady
Perryman Williams Cox Kern Peterson Wright
Denney Kouplen Pfeiffer Dunnington Lepak Pruett