For all the forethought and effort at representative democracy that our detailed state constitution mandates, there is a time when just a few well-positioned principals will do all the brokering.
Annual appropriated state budgets are just such a situation. Very little is being leaked from the conference rooms. Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols, is providing just enough to show us that real activity is happening, but very little more than that. you can read what Echols posts at an archive we've set up for this special session. http://echolsnotes.blogspot.com/
Conservatives are continually expressing passionate frustration that obvious targets from budget trimming are being shielded from serious discussion.
Gov. Mary Fallin seems to have disavowed the conservative principles which catapulted her from a minority back-bencher in the early '90s; to her powerful position as a 2nd term governor. Mary Fallin is the biggest proponent for massive new taxation. No talk of real reforms; no mention of dropping the wasteful and completely damaging state agencies that flatulate corruption and harm private industry.
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