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Tue
16
May
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Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

Unintended consequences can do the most damage.

Our legislators are on the verge of harming state healthcare— and the state itself—by harming higher education. Again.

The last two state budgets have been extremely hard on higher education in general and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in particular.

 

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Tue
09
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

We have three weeks to go in the House, and all eyes are on the state budget.

We have a budget gap of $878 million from what was appropriated last year.

Here are the options:

Leave the gap and let state agencies continue to find efficiencies and cut waste, keeping in mind some agencies have absorbed previous large cuts;

Fill most of the gap with savings already implemented by reducing tax incentives, exemptions and deductions and by using money available through various revolving funds;

Raise revenue to fill the gaps. One measure passed by the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget would increase revenue in three ways:

Increase the price of tax on a pack of cigarettes, by $1.50, bringing about $215 million for healthcare and to help discourage new smokers.

 

Tue
09
May
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

With only one week remaining in the school year, there is a hectic pace of school activities coupled with the end of the year tests. This all makes for busy times within our school system.

The past couple of weeks have seen some great successes for some of our students and programs.

Last week Megan Brown became the first state champion in golf for Cordell Schools. Megan won by ten strokes over the field.

Megan battled through tough conditions on both days to grind out the victory. Congratulations Megan, we are proud of you!

 

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Tue
02
May
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Working Hard for Oklahoma

By Governor Mary Fallin

April is science and technology month in Oklahoma. What a great time to highlight the emerging computer science scene that is shaping our economy and driving our future.

In Oklahoma, our emerging software community has taken on a life of its own. These are coding professionals who know programming languages with names like C++, Perl, Ruby, Elixir, Python or Javascript.

Colleges, universities and technology centers across the state offer classes and postsecondary degree programs in computer science; software development is part of the curriculum.

 

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Tue
02
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Last week at the Capitol was a long one. Thursday was another deadline for the House to hear the remainder of the Senate bills and the same for House bills on the Senate side.

A significant part of the week was the fact that the Senate didn’t hear our teacher pay raise bill.

The Senate chose not to hear the bill because we are down nearly $900 million dollars for next year’s budget, and we did not have a dedicated funding stream identified for all three years of the pay raise.

 

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Tue
25
Apr
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back.

Need Help Dear Need,

Medicare covers a variety of outpatient therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy, if you meet their coverage criteria. Here’s how it works.

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Tue
25
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

The school year is quickly coming to a close. We only have about three weeks until summer break.

The close of the school year brings about a full schedule of banquets and events that highlight the accomplishments of the school year.

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Tue
18
Apr
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Pet Corner

by De De Young Trainer, K-9 Kampus

There is a definite difference in a dog’s bark. It is a good idea to be able to identify the difference.

A high pitch bark will let you know your dog is scared, he sees or hears something strange.

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Tue
18
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

We have six weeks to go in our legislative session. Now is when we begin hearing the heart and soul of the state budget as well as voting on the final bills still alive in the legislative process.

I know it can be frustrating at this time of year to hear all the news reports about the state budget and how cuts to state agencies might affect the most vulnerable among us.

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Tue
11
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Ever notice how you never seem to have quite enough money? You might start your working life earning minimum wage. Then that first raise comes along, and you think finally you will be able to pay all the bills on time, maybe put some into savings, maybe buy a few wish-list items. Pretty soon, though, you discover you’re still living paycheck to paycheck. Then, another raise comes, and you feel more comfortable. Maybe you invest in a home or a better car. The kids grow up and get braces or go to college.

Pretty soon, for the average person, even this amount of money is not enough to get everything you expected it would. It’s like that with the government, too. We start small with just a few core needs, public safety, decent roads and bridges, public education.

 

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