Collinsville, Oklahoma
May 12, 2008
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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)
May 7

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.
The Collinsville 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)
Congratulations to the 2008 Collinsville Cardinals 10U baseball team who placed 2nd in the Mothers Day USSSA State Qualifier tournament held May 10th & 11th at Powers Park in Claremore.

Pictured (left to right) Head Coach Adam Coons, Asst. Coach Snook Bayouth, Asst. Coach Jonathan Coons, and Asst. Coach Brian Stamper
Back Row: (left to right) Kannon McCune Bailey Stamper, Jacob Harrison, Dylan Bayouth, Levi Draper.
Front Row: (left to right) Larry Coons, Brandon Lowe, Bryce Coons, and Brandon Sills

Way to go guys! -- Stacy Bayouth (5/12/2008)

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 or 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)
New Budget Agreement
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.
* The total appropriations of the budget for Fiscal Year 2009 are $7.069 billion.
* All state agencies are at a standstill budget, except for the Department of Corrections and Ethics Commission. DOC will be fully funded, providing almost 300 new beds of capacity, while the Ethics Commission is receiving technology-based improvements.
* The 1017 Education Reform Revolving Fund will be restored, ensuring districts will receive full apportionments for the remaining months of this year's budget.
* It provides no additional road funding, but terms ensure the Department of Transportation will spend $445 million in FY-09 for roads and bridges, which is a 10 percent increase from the 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