“Not only is it cutting money — it’s also cutting independence for people like myself.”
-Aracely Baeza, a recent University of Oklahoma graduate who has congenital muscular dystrophy and depends on Medicaid to maintain her motorized wheelchair, speaking about Oklahoma’s cuts to the program even as the state is turning down billions in federal funds (Source: http://bit.ly/1rhTuUu)
Naneida Lazarte Alcalá is a Research Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oklahoma State University. Krista Schumacher is a Senior Researcher with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She is working on a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University. Both are members of Scholars Strategy Network.
“Removing the sales tax on gold and silver purchases shorts the state treasury from revenue for priorities such as schools, roads and public safety in an effort to pander to the gold bugs. … In fact, there is nothing special about gold and silver except that they are rare, coveted and historically associated with value. Their real value is merely as a superstitious hedge against economic catastrophe.”
Job creation incentive payments Chesapeake Energy is still eligible to collect this year from Oklahoma City, despite laying off more than 700 positions at its OKC headquarters.
Source: The Oklahoman
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“If we lose that funding, it’ll be a huge overtime issue, and remove officers from the streets. You’ll see a lot less man hours on the streets.”
-Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford, speaking about state budget cuts that threaten to force layoffs of more than half of the staff at the city’s Community Intervention Center, which handles juveniles arrested for crimes (Source: http://bit.ly/1r5hxpu)