April 26th, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rep. Mike Brown (405) 557-7408
Rep. Brown: “Pension reform” is political posturing that destabilizes teachers’ retirements
OKLAHOMA CITY- Changes to public employee pension systems could destabilize retirees’ financial security and should be regarded as political posturing, said Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, Monday.
|The Doctor Wants IN|
January 16th, 2013
The Doctor Wants In: Doc/state rep favors Medicaid expansion gov rejects
Urban Tulsa Weekly
BY ARNOLD HAMILTON
Rep. Doug Cox is quick to acknowledge that he's "kind of the black sheep" among state House Republicans.
Now in his fourth two-year term, the Grove emergency room physician never was one to march in lockstep with caucus leaders.
|Run Down of State Questions on Ballot|
October 13th, 2012
State Question 766
Under SQ 766, large railroad and utility companies like Southwestern Bell, AT&T and AEP-PSO will be exempted from taxes on intangible properties. This essentially amounts to handing corporations a large tax cut, and on the losing end are schools, fire and police protection, and other vital services, which would lose about $65 million annually in revenue.
Like most states, Oklahoma determines ad valorem taxation of certain entities, including public service companies, railroads, and airlines, at the state level instead of the local level. A 2009 Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling opened the door to l...more
|Lawmakers to Tackle Affordable Care Act Regulations|
October 02nd, 2012
TAHLEQUAH — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being phased in across the country, providing millions of uninsured Americans the opportunity to participate in plans, and low-cost or no-cost preventive care to millions more.
Oklahoma is one of several states protesting the federal law, and the state has yet to set up an insurance exchange for its citizens, as required by PPACA.
Recently, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt amended a federal lawsuit against PPACA, challenging procedures created to help implement the new law and the impact it will have on Oklahomans.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Pruitt, a former Repu...more