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OKG Newsletter


Topic: budget

Point: Slow down on ODOT funding


Commentary

David Blatt
The past four years have put severe constraints on the state budget. Many state agencies have absorbed funding cuts of more than 20 percent, and most have been forced to cut staff while eliminating programs and services.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The federal Titanic is sinking


Commentary

State Rep. T.W. Shannon
Ninety percent of an iceberg is typically underwater. This fact makes icebergs extremely dangerous, because it takes a keen eye to determine if the ice floating on the surface is a small block that can be pushed aside or several million tons of ice that will sink your ship.
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Take shelter

A substantial funding cut looms for a Cleveland County youth shelter.


News

Carol Cole-Frowe
Proposed elimination of Cleveland County funding to the area’s emergency youth shelter has the facility’s administration and supporters scrambling to figure out how to keep it open and what other services will have to be reduced.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This is 40

In OKC’s first-ever $1 billion budget, a rise in crime prompts city council to approve 40 additional police officers.


News

Tim Farley
When Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty requested 40 more police officers as part of his department’s proposed budget, he pointed to alarming crime statistics.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Big, bloated government


Letters to the Editor

Mike Brake
Mickey Hepner’s lament about income tax cuts (Commentary, “Death by a thousand cuts,” June 5, Oklahoma Gazette) claimed that “one small tax cut shrinks our government services.” That assumes that current government services are being wisely funded, but even a cursory look at the state budget raises doubts about that.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The good, the bad and the goofy


Commentary

Cal Hobson
Our legislators are home this summer, having completed their 2013 work. It was a session that saw good bills killed, bad bills consuming too much precious time and the passage of a ridiculous tax cut that doesn’t even kick in until 2016.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flying Fists of Kung Fu / Kickin’ It Shaolin Style

Get your kicks.


Action

Rod Lott
Mill Creek Entertainment, the DVD format’s current reigning master of the budget box set, has unleashed two separate martial-arts collections in Flying Fists of Kung Fu and Kickin’ It Shaolin Style. Containing 12 films apiece from the late 1970s and early ’80s, they account for 34 hours and 50 minutes of your potential viewing time in all.
 
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Drinking Games / From the Head

No budget? No problem!


Drama

Rod Lott

For no-budget cinema, the single location is a godsend. Set a movie entirely or mostly in one spot — one room, even — and you jussssst might be able to afford to put your thinly veiled autobiographical story onto film (OK, technically video). Such is the case for two new indie offerings: Drinking Games and From the Head.

 
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Counterpoint: Streetcar budget defies reality


Commentary

Nancy K. Anderson
Now that the 4.5-mile downtown route for the MAPS 3 streetcar — Phase 1 — has been decided, the challenge will be to get it completed at a cost anywhere near the amount budgeted. The experience in other cities indicates it will cost far more to build — and to keep it running — than we’ve been told.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 
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