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January 17,

“My medication will go from about $15 a month to about $600 a month, and I will stop buying it, and I will stop taking it. And then the disease will be unmanaged. … It’s a grim and ugly way to die.”

-Anna Holloway, a Norman resident who has health insurance through the federal marketplace, explaining that she would have no way to treat her rare autoimmune disorder without the Affordable Care Act (Source)

January 13,

“We can’t keep going like this. So whatever it’s going to take for you all to work together as a team and figure this out and do something dramatically different, I just implore of you to do that.”

– Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist, asking lawmakers to find a way to give teachers a raise at Tulsa Public Schools’ legislative breakfast (Source)

January 12,

“We lost a teacher today to a job in a correctional facility. Let that sink in… #oklaed #DoSomethingOK”

– A tweet from Dr. Rick Cobb, Superintendent of Mid-Del Public Schools and blogger at okeducationtruths (Source)

January 11,

“Given the substantial volume of missing, unreadable, and inaccurate records we cannot determine an accurate amount of funds that have either been misappropriated or are the result of erroneous and undetected accounting errors during the 2007-2012 time periods.”

-From an audit report of the Tulsa County Jail by the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office (Source)

January 10,

“A third consecutive month of rising gross production collections is beginning to look like a positive trend. If oil and gas prices continue to rise, we anticipate increased economic activity with added oil-field jobs, which should spur improvements in other state revenue sources including sales and income.”

-State Treasurer Ken Miller (Source)

January 9,

“In its drive to cut taxes at all costs, the Oklahoma Legislature has left public schools inadequately funded. As a result, we have children attending school four days a week and quality teachers migrating to other states. While state leaders were busy getting report cards for the schools, they were missing the mark on their own duties to financially underwrite education.”

Source: Tulsa World Editorial Board

January 6,

“There’s really no such thing as a Republican pothole or a Democratic bridge. It’s an issue that brings the parties together.”

– Carl Davis, research director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, on why raising the gas tax and earmarking the revenues for transportation can be a bipartisan effort (Source)

January 5,

“We recognize that this is one of the largest requests that will be brought to you this year, but the need is great.”

– State Superintendent of Schools Joy Hofmeister, presenting a $2.4 billion budget request for the upcoming fiscal year, a $221 million increase over the prior year (Source)

January 4,

“It’s like magic every day when I wake up and see everything. Now that I have a place to operate from, I need to get to work and get to doing some things for myself. I used to get up and go to work every day. I had kids and a (wife). I didn’t expect to have a chance. After everything slipped away, and I realized it had slipped away, I didn’t know how I was going to get back to this point.”

-John Young, who recently moved into an apartment building run by Mental Health Association Oklahoma after four years of being homeless (Source)

January 3,

“This law was written on the premise that taxes would be cut based on increasing revenues. Nothing could be further from the truth. Right now we have a defective statute that reduces taxes based on comparing estimates from different points in time. It does not reflect what is actually occurring in the state’s revenue streams.”

-Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones, urging legislators to repeal the income tax trigger that could cut the top tax rate from 5 percent to 4.85 percent (Source)

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