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Copyright 2010 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
June 3, 2010
Earl Sears State Budget Report
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Chamber meeting is July 1st (City Employee Appreciation
Picnic At Park)
Chamber Officers |
VP: Jim Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Traci Conley
Beth Ann Langston
Officer Travis Lindsey
Pam Polk (City Manager)
Stan Sallee (Mayor)
Due (School Supt.)
John Smaligo (Tulsa Co. Comm.)
Earl Sears (Stare Representative)
Brogdon (State Senator)
Reported On 2010 Legislative Session
in part by:
are an active part of the communities we serve because they are the places we
call home. The members we serve live, work and play in the lush rolling hills
of northeastern Oklahoma.
in Collinsville, Oklahoma, VVEC is a distribution electric cooperative. We provide
electric service to residential, commercial and industrial consumers through more
than 32,000 meters and more than 4,500 miles of electric line in portions of Nowata,
Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
the 26 electric cooperatives operating in Oklahoma, VVEC is the third largest
based on the number of meters served by the co-op. Ninety-two employees cover
the Cooperatives more than 3,200-square mile service territory daily maintaining
the electric system and providing consumer-oriented service.
Chamber Board Meeting is June 17th ... with review of bylaw revisions as 1 likely
Earl Sears presented three "Making A Difference" in District 11"
awards Thursday at the Collinsville Chamber of Comerce monthly meeting. The awards
were presented to City Manager Pam Polk, Chamber Executive Secretary Wanda Nyberg
and Chamber President Ernie Davis. Sears announced he is seeking re-election and
considers it "an honor" to represent the citizens of Collinsvile and
the rest of District 11. Mr. Sears was first elected in 2006 and said he was not
aware of a challenger yet (Thursday) but there was still about a week left in
the filing period then.
Few Keys Points from the Just Completed 2010 Oklahoma Legeslative Session
balanced ($6.7 billion) budget was approved but it took the full session to accomplish
$100 million remains of the once $600 million "Rainy Day" Fund
Stimulus dollars end this year
state agency got all they wanted and "no one is happy" with the decisions
on who got the deepest cuts up to 8%
were not technically increased ... but several "revenue enhancements"
were approved to help make up some of the shortfall in state income the past several
years (removing tax exceptions for example)
economy improves soon there will be continued reduction in state funding and services
will be several state questions on November ballot (incluing voter IDs and opt
in/out of health care, etc...)
response to questions Rep. Sears commented on:
million shortfal in natural gas revenue to state
leadership roles in next legislative session
sales tax collection performance by OTC
salaries to a few state employees ... no specific action now but "conversations
increasing" as budget crisis continues
of raises to state rank & file workers since 2006