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Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 3, 2010
Rep. Earl Sears State Budget Report
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2010 Chamber Officers

Pres: Ernie Davis
VP: Jim Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Traci Conley

Directors (2010-2012):
Marilyn Hardacre
Beth Ann Langston
Anne Stribling

Directors (2009-2011):
Nichole Landrum
Ted Wright
Bill Johnston

Directors (2008-2010):
Christine Wilson
Kelly Hamlin
Stacy Brown

1-Year Directors:

Officer Travis Lindsey
Don Hutchinson
Phil Ostrander

Honary Board Members:
Pam Polk (City Manager)
Stan Sallee (Mayor)
Terry Due (School Supt.)
John Smaligo (Tulsa Co. Comm.)
Earl Sears (Stare Representative)
Randy Brogdon (State Senator)

State Representative Earl Sears
Reported On 2010 Legislative Session

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Next Chamber Board Meeting is June 17th ... with review of bylaw revisions as 1 likely topic
Rep. 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.

A Few Keys Points from the Just Completed 2010 Oklahoma Legeslative Session

  • A balanced ($6.7 billion) budget was approved but it took the full session to accomplish
  • Only $100 million remains of the once $600 million "Rainy Day" Fund
  • Federal Stimulus dollars end this year
  • No state agency got all they wanted and "no one is happy" with the decisions on who got the deepest cuts up to 8%
  • Taxes 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)
  • Unless economy improves soon there will be continued reduction in state funding and services
  • There will be several state questions on November ballot (incluing voter IDs and opt in/out of health care, etc...)

In response to questions Rep. Sears commented on:

  • $400 million shortfal in natural gas revenue to state
  • Potential leadership roles in next legislative session
  • Poor sales tax collection performance by OTC
  • Excessive salaries to a few state employees ... no specific action now but "conversations increasing" as budget crisis continues
  • Lack of raises to state rank & file workers since 2006