Whether it’s failing to oppose unconstitutional tax hikes or simply serving out their entire term in elected office, it appears that the Oklahoma Legislature is full of individuals who are unwilling to fulfill their pledge of service to the people. State Sen. Dan Newberry has submitted his irrevocable resignation from office, to “pursue a promotion in his professional career”.

Newberry was re-elected to a four-year last November. Let me say that again – just seven months ago, he spent over $336,000 and asked his constituents to send him to represent them for four years in the State Senate. Voters trusted his offer, and gave him the seat.

This creates the seventh empty seat in the state legislature since the 2016 election.

 HIS FIRST CHANCE TO BREAK THE LAW  AND HE SCREWS OVER THE PEOPLE HE WORKS FOR

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So here we are. The calm before the storm. The legislature failed to do its job and pass a balanced budget. That is a debatable subject. They started the session knowing they had an almost $900 million dollar gap in the budget. This was a phony budget. The gap was the difference in what was coming into the state’s coffers and what they wanted to spend. Even with all their trickery and word games they still left a $400 million dollar gap in the budget. A vast majority of which was passed in violation of the Oklahoma State Constitution. We must ask if these legislators that voted for these revenue increases in the last five days of the session are intelligent enough to hold the offices they occupy? We think not.

What brought our attention to this article was this MuskogeePolitico.com: Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem comments on 2017 session. Here we have the Senate President pro-tem Mike Shulz bragging on how hard they worked. We find this to be preposterous. We would find it to be a little bit more believable if they hadn’t adjourned for the weekend so many times after Thursday sessions for the first couple of months. It also would have been more credible if they would have followed the Oklahoma State Constitution and passed all revenue increase measures in the allotted time. Let us also not forget that the State Constitution requires that all revenue generating bills are to originate in the House. Some of them actually were generated in the Senate. Here we have an individual with eleven years of service to the state in an elected position, and it appears that he has no idea what the State Constitution says regarding passing the state budget.
We started our research by going to his official web site at www.ok.gov. This is what we found 

Governor Mary Fallin Signs Budget Bill, Highlights Successes in 2017 Legislative Session

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill (Senate Bill 860) into law, which closes an $878 million shortfall, maintains common education funding at current levels, and prevents the closings of hospitals and nursing homes. The 2018 fiscal year appropriated budget will be $6,830,177,825. It is $37,782,641, or 0.55 percent less than the revised fiscal year 2017 appropriated budget, which includes supplementals and the revenue failure.

Barry Switzer Endorses David Holt for Mayor of Oklahoma City

(Oklahoma City, May 30th) — For as long as anyone can remember, legendary OU and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer has fought for Oklahoma City’s future.   In 1993, he stood next to Mayor Ron Norick and campaigned for passage of the original MAPS.   Ever since, whether it’s advocating for OKC’s kids, supporting new quality of life amenities, or simply handing out medals at the Memorial Marathon, Coach Switzer has always answered the call.

WOULD IT BE TO MUCH TO ASK THAT OUR OWN LEGISLATORS FOLLOW THE RULE OF THE LAW?

By the Watchman. 
  Our state legislature is spending like a bunch of drunk sailors. Most people in America understand the basics of finances. You should never spend more than you can afford. So why is our legislature doing so and doing it in violation of the State Constitution and the blessing of the Governor on top of that. Why hasn’t the Attorney General stepped in and brought this to a halt? What kind of idiocy is ruling our state? This is idiotic.
 

Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem comments on 2017 session
Says REAL ID, energy jobs policy wins during challenging budget year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz commented on the 2017 session, saying great policy bookended a session dominated by a $1 billion budget shortfall.

“The Oklahoma Senate worked this session with the goal of ensuring the policies we enacted had long-term vision and set Oklahoma on the path to success now and years down the line. Despite a session that was dominated by the $1 billion shortfall, the Senate was able to enact important policies that will help grow our economy, create jobs and generate wealth, and yield new revenues for the state budget.