OKGOP Weekly Update: March 17th, 2017
 
Last week, the Oklahoma Republican Party launched OKLAHOMA SOLUTIONS--a new project focused on bringing the people's voice to the Capitol. If you have solutions for our government, we want to hear from you. We have already received some great input from many of you, and we would like to share just a few of the many solutions we have received so far. Some of these ideas are outside of the typical conservative philosophy, but we appreciate everybody's participation in OKLAHOMA SOLUTIONS. Here are five of the best or most unique ideas we have received:

*Some responses have been edited for grammar and clarity, but the content has not been changed.



Courtesy of Lowell L:
  • Provide online access to all wages, benefits, retirement plans, tenure, and contracts of state employees and all who receive a check from the state.  Extend this to County and Local governments.
  • Make it illegal for any tax supported agency to directly or indirectly use that funding for lobbying. This must include public schools. 
  • Elect all state level judges with terms. The retention system does not work. Our judges, especially the State Supreme Court, are often not applying the law properly
  • Consider revising the State Constitution to allow ad valorem taxes to be used for classroom operation. 
  • Do not use prisons and jails to “treat” mental health or to just get them off the street.
Courtesy of C. Doyle:
  • STOP wind energy incentives immediately and tell existing companies that our obligations will be pro-rated out over the next 10 years, so as not to bankrupt the state.
  • RESEARCH whether or not oil and gas is paying a fair tax on production comparable to other states;
  • RESTORE state taxation to the level it was before those not-so-generous tax cuts went into effect; 
  • DEMAND public education, at all levels, review ALL administrative costs, executive costs, and extracurricular sports to make cuts before increasing pay at any level.
  • DO NOT add new fees on products and services that unfairly tax the poorest among our people.
Courtesy of Bob S:
  • If you want to increase the revenue coming into the lottery and fund teachers pay raises, try giving FOUR HUNDRED people $1,000,000.00 each instead of giving one person in Iowa $400,000,000​.
  • You're more likely to find several who will spend the money if you award twenty or forty people the jackpot. If it's $100 million, award a hundred people $1,000,000 each.
Courtesy of Jory G:
  • Budget tax dollars and fees that have already been collected, rather than trying to forecast income and bet on the outcome. It is okay to estimate future revenue, but not smart to plan spending on funds that have not been collected, yet.
  • Eliminate waste before cutting people or services.
  • Eliminate all corporate welfare or subsidies.
  • Eliminate departments, agencies and regulations that are not legitimate functions of government.
  • When cuts must be made all department budgets should receive equal across the board cuts.  Wages, not the number of employees, should be reduced unless they were unnecessary.
We are excited about how many people have participated in OKLAHOMA SOLUTIONS during its first week. Be on the lookout for more on this exciting project in the upcoming weeks. We look forward to hearing more of your ideas so that we can publish our book of OKLAHOMA SOLUTIONS to present to the Legislature!

To submit your OKLAHOMA SOLUTIONS, email us at solutions@okgop.com

 
Political Cartoons
 
 
Quote of the Week
 
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
-President James Madison
 
OKGOP Schedule
 
April 8:
State Convention Committee Meetings for Platform, Rules and Credentials

April 22:
Platform Committee Meeting #2 (Only if needed)

May 5:
OKGOP Gala Dinner

May 6:
2017 Oklahoma Republican State Convention at First Moore Baptist Church in Moore, OK.

More information will be provided as these events approach.

 
County News
 
Precinct Meetings and County Conventions will be held NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017. Precinct Meetings and County Conventions are scheduled on a Precinct-by-Precinct and County-by-County basis. For more information, contact your respective County or Precinct. Below is a list of counties who have contacted us about their scheduled meetings.

Cimarron:
Saturday, March 25th, 7:00PM
Cimarron Mortuary Chapel
700 W Main St.

Boise City, OK 73933

Creek:
Saturday, March 25th, 9:00AM
Collins Ballroom
317 E. Lee
Sapulpa, OK

Delaware:
Monday, March 20th, 6:00PM
Trinity Baptist Church
206 Elk Street
Grove, OK 74344

For more information, call Robert Carter at (918)-786-9623.

 
Garfield:
Saturday, March 18th, 9:00AM
Oakwood Christian Church
401 N Oakwood Rd
Enid, OK 73703

Murray:

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Mary Parker Memorial Library 
500 W Broadway Ave
Sulphur, Oklahoma

For more information, please call Rogelio Trevino at 580-618-4881 or email him at rtrevino_832@hotmail.com


Pontotoc:
Saturday, March 18th, 11:00AM
Holiday Inn
1201 Lonnie Abbot Blvd,
Ada, OK
 
Other Events
 
OCCC Public Affairs Forum

You are invited to attend the Public Affairs Forum on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the OCCC Sarkeys Atrium in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating is the third speaker in the Oklahoma City Community College Public Affairs Forum series. The nonpartisan forum is designed to give students, faculty, staff, and the community members insight into the politics during the speaker’s time in office and how those political issues impact Oklahoma today. The forum features a past or current Oklahoma political leader each semester.
 
For more information about the Public Affairs Forum, visit www.occc.edu/paforum, or call (405) 682-7590
 
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