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Wed
11
Oct
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For the Children:OICA Builds on 35 Years of Advocacy

by OICA CEO Joe Dorman 

In 2018, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Our mission, “Creating awareness, taking action and supporting policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children” is a role we take very seriously each and every day. We consider our advocacy to be a 24/7, all-year job: our work at the Capitol continues before, during and after the legislative session.

Wed
11
Oct
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Driverless air taxi at your service?

The next time your taxi gets stuck in traffic, take heart-it appears that the first ever flying taxi will begin ferrying passengers to their destinations in July, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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Fixing the Root of the Problem

Some in our state are suggesting we increase taxes by a billion dollars – that’s a literal figure, not hypothetical – to fix a $215 million budget hole.

That’s a ridiculous proposal that will not see the light of day. Why would we put such a large burden on the backs of the Oklahoma taxpayers before we’ve fixed the root of the problem – agency spending priorities and duplication of services?

 

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Wed
23
Aug
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For the Children: State Government is Failing to Help the Needy

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

 

If you have driven the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south from Oklahoma City, you have most likely seen a billboard that reads, “Government takes from the Needy and gives to the Greedy,” a statement that is famously attributed to President Ronald Reagan. The quote is from a speech that Reagan gave before Congress, where he basically discusses how government programs often do not actually serve those truly in need. He believed far too many people abuse the system, benefiting from services they do not need or should be providing for themselves.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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North Korea’s Threats

By Congressman Tom Cole

For decades, the United States has grappled with the unpredictable and dangerous regime of the Kim family, from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jongun. The world has witnessed human rights violations, economic hardships and the volatility of the Kim government. Moreover, for years, the United States and its allies have attempted to keep the North Korean government from procuring a nuclear weapon and the means with which to deliver it. However, in recent weeks it has become evident that Kim Jong-un has most likely succeeded in his efforts and probably has the capability of striking the United States with a nuclear weapon.

Wed
16
Aug
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For the Children: A “Heroic” Turnout for Oklahoma Children

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

I am happy to report the Heroes Ball, the first gala held by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) in almost a decade, was a huge success. The 400 attendees -- many wearing super-hero themed outfits -- were treated to a wonderful presentation by Dr. Deena Fisher regarding the history of Kate Barnard, the first Commissioner of Charities and Corrections for the state of Oklahoma who was elected in 1907. We also heard remarks from Steven Novick, the attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the Terry D. Lawsuit, the court case which created OICA, along with comments from Laura Choate, one of our board members and an original plaintiff in that case.

Wed
09
Aug
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Walmart Opens Application Period for Nonprofit Grants

Applications begin August 7 for grants from $25,000 to $200,000; deadline August 11

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 4, 2017) — As part of Walmart’s commitment to give back in the communities where its associates live, work and serve customers, the retailer is announcing an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to apply for Walmart Foundation State Giving grants between $25,000 and $200,000. The Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on Monday, August 7, 2017. The deadline to submit grant requests is Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

The Walmart Foundation supports community engagement programs focusing on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples include:

· Career opportunity

· Disaster preparedness

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Agencies Need Better Legislative Oversight

Here’s how politics works. People elect lawmakers to go to the state Capitol to represent their interests. People pay taxes to support government services. Lawmakers decide how much money goes to each service – education, transportation, healthcare, human services, public safety, etc. This gets to be a pretty long list.

While lawmakers give agency heads much discretion over how this funding is spent, not choosing to line-item appropriations, this sometimes gives agency directors too much room to make decisions that may not be in the best interest of the public. With limited legislative oversight, some agency heads show very little respect for lawmakers or the constituents they represent.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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4 tips for understanding mutual fund expenses

OKLAHOMA CITY - U.S. investors have close to $12 trillion socked away in mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. About 44 percent of U.S. households—or roughly 90 million investors—have a mutual fund investment.

Despite a surge of withdrawals during the height of past market uncertainties, mutual funds clearly still remain a popular investment option for many people. If you are selecting a fund, it’s important to understand the costs of investing, which may not always be immediately apparent. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants provides these tips for making sense of the price of your mutual fund investments.

Wed
12
Jul
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Governor Mary Fallin Seeks Assistance for May Tornadoes, Flooding and Severe Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the state of Oklahoma has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for 16 counties impacted by severe weather that occurred May 16-20.

If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs, debris removal, and costs associated with responding to the storm.

 

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