The Edmond Sun

Local News

January 18, 2013

Legislators: State won't raise taxes if feds cut off funds

EDMOND — State lawmakers will not raise taxes on Oklahomans in order to replace federal dollars that may decrease with budget cuts made by Congress, said state Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond.

“We want to make sure Oklahomans are prepared with whatever comes down from Washington that we have to deal with,” Jolley said Friday at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast.

“When you look at federal dollars being targeted for sequestration, I think all of us should be concerned about defense cuts,” Jolley said.

Defense cuts would have a direct impact on the 45th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army as well as the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Jolley said. 

Federal money makes up about half of state appropriations. Yet the federal government should not be spending money it does not have, Jolley continued.

“I know there’s people who would disagree with us, but I think the governor was right in rejecting the expansion of Medicaid,” Jolley said. “In the short-term it would be better for the citizens of Oklahoma to accept it. But you’ve got to look at the long-term and we can’t afford the long-term. We can’t afford that and we can’t keep on seeing Washington shifting burdens to the states and expect us to just pick up the tab.”

House Speaker T.W. Shannon had an interim study on the flow of federal dollars to the state. The state of Oklahoma will not become all things to all people, Jolley said.

State Sen. Greg Treat said he studied which state agency programs do not belong at a federal level when he worked as a state government liaison to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

“It’s tough to do. It’s tough to unravel,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

During performance review hearings last year Treat asked an agency head how many programs would not be running if federal money was not attached to the services.

“He said about 40 percent of the programs we do, we would not be doing if we were not chasing the federal dollars,” said Treat, vice chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. “Well what that does is it misappropriates state dollars. The few precious state dollars we have are going to chase federal money that we don’t need so we can increase the budget of a state agency.”

A bill coming from the State’s Rights Committee would require that all federal grants with direct spending to agencies be sent to the state treasury, said state Rep. Lewis Moore, committee chairman. The $7.5 billion would be screened through the legislative process, which is not currently done, said Moore, committee chairman.

“For the most part, we have no say-so over that money,” Moore said. “… We want more transparency in that so we can see what is attached to this money and decide what are the strings that we want to keep or cut.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • jc_OUChuck Spicer.jpg OU Medical Center expands with new ER

    OU Medical Center Edmond is expanding its services. A new freestanding OU Medical Center Emergency Department will be built at the Veranda Shopping Center, Lisa Wilson, CEO of OU Medical Center Edmond, announced Thursday.
    The emergency department will be located just outside the border of the City of Edmond at Northwest 150th Street and Western. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nick and Karen 2.JPG Massey speaks to Summit Rotary

    Council member Nick Massey, standing here with Edmond Sun Publisher Karan Ediger, spoke to Summit Rotary Tuesday on the subject of the City’s electronic sign laws. Summit Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Drive. For more
    information about the club, call 405-CUEARLY.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keep these tips in mind for May gardening

    Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head into your May gardening routine. Keep ahead of the weeds. We are always happy for the rain, but wet ground can keep us out of the garden and that allows weeds to grow by leaps and bounds. Now is the time to guard tender plants such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers against sudden late frosts. During the first part of May you may be planting beans, early corn, okra and late potatoes. You also may be replacing tomato plants lost to late frosts. Finish setting out cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, beets, etc.
    Here are some things to do:

    April 24, 2014

  • Jurors hear evidence in mercy killing murder trial

    Testimony is underway in the trial of a Logan County man accused of murdering his wife by placing a plastic sack over her head and causing her to suffocate.
    On June 13, 2013, Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee filed a first-degree murder charge against Mark Schemm, 53, of Crescent, who told an OSBI agent in court records he killed Monica Schemm, his wife, because she asked him to kill her.

    April 24, 2014

  • Man faces civil suit in motorcycle fatality

    A local man awaiting disposition of a criminal charge stemming from the death of an Edmond motorcyclist now faces a civil suit, court records show.
    On Sept. 24, 2013, Edmond Police Officer Milo Box was dispatched on a call regarding a collision at the Santa Fe-Country Wood Lane intersection, according to the report filed by Box.
    Box stated Daniel Bricker, 54, of Deer Creek, was traveling northbound in the inside lane of Santa Fe while Erron Heise, 39, the motorcycle driver, was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Country Wood Lane.

    April 24, 2014

  • Sheriffs accuse state of ducking out on prisoner promises

    State efforts to save time and money by shuffling prisoners more swiftly through the system are riling local sheriffs who are losing money because of the efficiency program.
    A change in Department of Corrections practice is landing a “significant hit” on two-thirds of Oklahoma counties, which depend on reimbursements to house state inmates locally, said Ken McNair, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.
    “The sheriffs are now in a position where they have to make adjustments to their budgets,” he said.
    Sheriffs converged on the Capitol on Tuesday, filling the Senate gallery, in part to protest efforts to remove inmates from their custody. The change will cost the sheriffs — but save the state — millions each year.

    April 24, 2014

  • OK officials account for disaster spending

    Nearly a year after deadly tornadoes hit central Oklahoma, officials announced that they have spent close to $9.4 million in private donations on relief efforts.

    April 24, 2014

  • north 1.jpg U.S. News ranks city high schools in state’s Top 10

    All three Edmond high schools are ranked among the Top 10 in the state in a prestigious national list.
    U.S. News & World Report, which publishes annual rankings, ranked Edmond North No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 437 nationwide. Memorial ranked No. 6 in Oklahoma and No. 847 nationwide. Santa Fe ranked No. 8 in Oklahoma and No. 1,075 nationwide.
    “This recognition serves as validation for our students, parents and staff members at all levels who work together relentlessly in pursuit of academic excellence, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • OC expands to 5 academic colleges

    Oklahoma Christian University will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
    OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
    “Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”

    April 23, 2014

  • N Front Door 3.jpg FBI seeks suspect in robbery of local bank

    Police and FBI agents are investigating the robbery of a local bank by a suspect wearing a fake mustache and goatee, a spokesman said.
    FBI Special Agent Martinus McConnell said the robbery occurred Tuesday morning at the Arvest Bank, 2025 Sonoma Park, Edmond.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results