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Copyright 2012 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 7, 2012
Oklahoma Legislative Report
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Rep. Earl Sears announced no opponent had filed and he would serve Collinsville (and the rest of District 11) for another two years.

Sears had just finished his 6th Oklahoma legislative session and termed it his "most stressful". With a key role in the state's budget process, Sears indicated that Oklahoma's improved revenues this year had many continually staking claim to that "extra" money after several years of budget cuts.

Sample Topics:
* no budget cuts this year (and a few agencies got extra ... like education)
* more money needed for common and higher education (and the legislators are "not as stupid" as some appear to think on this issue)
* OKC Thriving / Thunder Basketball having big statewide impact
* water is huge issue ... other parts of state have less water than this area
* citizens have several issues to vote on in November (including taxes)
* government consolidation/streamlining for additional savings
* health care (some funding now for encouraging doctors for rural / underserved areas)
* DHS lawsuit settled ... will implement improvements (major changes)
* Transportation "fully funded" for first time in 3 years. Extra funds to cut target bridge improvements from 6 years to 3 years.
* Major state income tax changes ... fell through ... but have set stage for next year
* Bonds for Capitol building repairs still needed (along with many other buildings)
* the future is bright

District 11 State Representative Earl Sears
State Senator Rick Brinkley was also in attendance at the June 2012 Chamber meet and made these two key points: state income taxes are already decreasing and on any topic if you don't understand ... call him and ask.
Note: The Chamber's email address has changed
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