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Wed
07
Feb
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Letter to the Editor

To The Editor,

On Christmas Day, my ninety year-old husband and I found ourselves with an empty house when the last of our family guests for the holidays had left. My thoughts turned to my elderly, ninety-five year old brother, Leo Walton formally of Walters, who was at his home alone. I informed my husband that we were going to get up and go to my brother’s house and convince him that it would be better to get out than spend the day at his house by himself. We go to his house and told him our plan and off we went to just spend the day taking for an extended drive.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Tax Reform is Working for Employees and Businesses

By Congressman Tom Cole

If you are an American taxpayer, you most likely have bills that need to be paid on a schedule, like an electric bill or a car payment. For many taxpayers, paying those bills might just get a little easier this year. The new tax code has already promised bigger paychecks for individuals and families, but the wave of its effects since passage into law is being realized across the nation from the corporate level to the individual taxpayer. In the immediate weeks since the president signed the tax reform bill into law, many companies – big and small - have pledged to give generous bonuses, expand production, provide raises and create more jobs. In fact, according to a recent survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/ Marist, the new tax code has had a significant rise in popularity in just one month, with many Americans agreeing that it will help them and their families.

Wed
31
Jan
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Insure Yourself Against Super Bowl

Party Mishaps

By John D. Doak

Whether watching for the game or for the commercials, many Oklahomans will enjoy the Super Bowl at a party. If you’re hosting an event this year, there are several insurance implications to consider before the celebration begins.

First, it’s a good idea to review the liability section of your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy. It’s important to understand your coverage in case you are sued or deemed liable for an accident involving one of your guests. If you need help understanding your policy, call your insurance agent or insurance company.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Shutdowns Never Work

By: Congressman Tom Cole

Wed
17
Jan
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For the Children:Lessons from Winston Churchill

by OICA CEO Joe Dorman 

One of my favorite eras of history to study is the period of World War II. With what Great Britain experienced as a nation, I have become a fan of Winston Churchill. I am fascinated with the role of his leadership during that time and by some of his inspirational quotes. Many of them apply to what we see today in Oklahoma.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. It’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Our state legislators have two options: take the opportunity to present ideas which could move our state forward, or choose to let Oklahoma continue down the path of dismal rankings. We have had many Oklahomans speak up with suggestions for fixing our problems. I hope lawmakers will take time to listen to these and other suggestions and move Oklahoma forward with solutions to improve our state.

 

Wed
17
Jan
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EPA Urges Home Radon Tests this January for National Radon Action Month

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2018) — Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer, can build up to unsafe levels in any home at any time of year. With many Americans spending more time inside their homes during January, however, there is no better time to make sure our homes are radon-free. That is why EPA starts every new year encouraging Americans to get their homes tested for radon.

“If a high radon level is found, the good news is that this serious environmental risk can be reduced by using simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

 

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Wed
10
Jan
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The Economic Boost

By: Congressman Tom Cole

When the American people elected President Trump and a Republican majority, they expected big things in 2017. This past year brought with it several positive changes because the Trump administration and Congress have been focused on the American people’s priorities. One of the biggest accomplishments was the first major tax reform in more than three decades. And that’s just in year one. The American economy has grown tremendously since the beginnings of President Trump’s first days in office, and the growth trend seems likely to continue into 2018.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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A Productive Year

By Congressman Tom Cole

When the year 2017 began, Congress opened the new Congressional Session with the Trump Administration to “Make America Great Again.” As the year comes to a close, Congress and the Trump Administration can be proud of what they have accomplished together. Under its first year with President Trump, Congress has accomplished many of its legislative goals, and the President has fulfilled a number of his campaign promises. Although there is much work to be done in the coming year, we can reflect on this year’s legislative accomplishments with a sense of success.

Wed
27
Dec
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Oklahoma State Senate

State Senator Chris Kidd

Senate District 31

(Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens and Tillman counties) December 22, 2017

The state’s financial tide may finally be turning. The State Board of Equalization released their budget estimate for next year and revenues are increasing. Gov. Fallin will have $6.9 billion ($900 million more than last year) for her budget proposal that she will present to the legislature on the first day of session, which is Monday, Feb. 5.

The Board will present the actual numbers to the legislature in February. Those are the figures we will use to craft the budget.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Working to Get More Tax Dollars to Teachers

By Governor Mary Fallin

Teacher salaries need to be increased in the state of Oklahoma. This is a simple fact, especially as we compare our teacher compensation to surrounding states. It’s also obvious when school districts from other states come to our state to hold recruiting drives, such as the Dallas Independent School District’s three-day job fair in Oklahoma City the first week of this month.

For the past two years I have called for a teacher pay increase in my State of the State addresses, but there has not been a solution to this challenge. We must address this issue if we expect to continue to be a prosperous state.

 

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