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Save Our State By Balancing The Budget Responsibly
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Save Our State By Balancing The Budget Responsibly

BY JOE DORMAN We are approaching a critical deadline in Oklahoma as we near the end of the legislative session. No comprehensive budget solution has moved forward to address the roughly $1 billion shortfall facing our state. Both Gov. Mary Fallin and the House Democratic caucus have released plans to balance the budget by raising…

A Cost-Cutting Measure That Hurts Kids
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A Cost-Cutting Measure That Hurts Kids

BY JOE DORMAN With a $900 million budget shortfall dominating this year’s legislative session, many lawmakers are looking to balance the budget by cutting government spending. As advocates for children, our job at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy [OICA] is to shield Oklahoma’s youngest and most vulnerable residents from any “cost-cutting” measures that would…

Giving Kids A Fighting Chance
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Giving Kids A Fighting Chance

BY JOE DORMAN I try to be a “glass half-full” kind of person, but there are times when parts of your world can wear you down. We all experience this to some extent, but it is how you deal with these situations that determines the outcome and impact on your own life and those around you….

The Governor’s Priorities
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The Governor’s Priorities

BY JOE DORMAN Monday marked the beginning of the 2017 legislative session and a return to work for senators and representatives. This also was the day that Gov. Mary Fallin delivered her seventh State of the State address. In her speech, she urged the Legislature to prioritize and revise budgeting procedures, starting with the taxes our state…

Peaceful Assembly And Government Accountability
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Peaceful Assembly And Government Accountability

BY JOE DORMAN On Saturday, Jan. 21, more than five million women gathered in various locations around the world at over 670 planned marches. The intent was to show the new leaders elected in our government that women of all ages are a strong force, and issues of importance – equality, health care, race, issues with…

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