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February 3, 2010

Lawmakers agree with Henry

Local legislators resolve to soften state budget blow

Local lawmakers are forecasting rain in Oklahoma this legislative session, which began Monday, hoping showers from the state's $600 million rainy day reserve will restore wilted state agencies from the $1.3 billion budget drought.

"Gov. Henry could not have been more right when he said the rainy day had arrived in Oklahoma," said state Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, after Henry's final State of the State address Monday afternoon. Henry warned against balancing the budget on the backs of vulnerable state agencies.

But state Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, said the state should be frugal in its spending, as it tries to stand upright from the global and statewide economic lag.

"We have to be very mindful now not only of how we use our additional funds but how we make our cuts," Martin said of the governor's proposal to spare core state agencies such as education, mental health and public safety from further cuts. "I have to remind myself that Oklahoma is not an island. We're in a country facing a huge economic downturn."

Revenues for the state have come in at 25.6 percent below projections for the first six months of the fiscal year, which began July 1.

And while local lawmakers agreed it was difficult for the governor to ignore -- during his address to both chambers of the Republican-led Legislature -- the looming question of the state's strategy toward crawling out of its $1.3 billion shortfall budget hole, many said Henry failed to specifically outline a plan to resurrect the economy, beyond tapping into its rainy day fund and wielding the "budget knife carefully."

"I thought the speech was just uneventful. It was a nice walk down memory lane, but it was lacking in substantial policy proposals," said state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore. "We agree that we need more targeted surgical cuts that hold core areas harmless, but he doesn't go into the detail. He just dedicates the responsibility to us."

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  • Changes made to big trash services Changes have been made to the big trash pick up service which should make the pick up easier for both residents and city workers.

    Residents who have Monday trash service will have big trash pick up in the months of March, July and November; Tuesday trash service will be April, August and December; Thursday is January, May and September and Friday is February, June and October.

    February 16, 2010

  • Fire in new auditorium at Southmoore High School The Moore fire marshal is still investigating a small fire that occured shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday at Southmoore High School.

    Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    February 11, 2010

  • City passes tax rebate for Target Chris Lundy, manager of public partnerships with the Target corporation addressed city council members Monday night to discuss building a store in Moore.

    The Moore Economic Development Authority voted unanimously for a sales tax rebate to Target.

    February 11, 2010

  • Larsen says goodbye to district Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    She said about 20 auditorium seats were damaged by the fire and many others received smoke and water damage.

    February 11, 2010

  • Savage, Patrick and Walker named site teachers Fisher Elementary School site teacher of the year, Stephanie Savage, graduated from Yukon High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been married for 19 years to Scott and the have three children, Blake, Paige and Allison.

    February 11, 2010

  • County will remove limbs Cleveland County Commissioners asked assistant district attorney David Batton to draft a resolution for roadside limb removal in the unincorporated area caused by the recent ice storm. Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said the county will remove the limbs through April 30.

    February 11, 2010

  • Fire in new auditorium at Southmoore High School The Moore fire marshal is still investigating a small fire that occured shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday at Southmoore High School.

    Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    February 10, 2010

  • City passes tax rebate for Target Chris Lundy, manager of public partnerships with the Target corporation addressed city council members Monday night to discuss building a store in Moore.

    The Moore Economic Development Authority voted unanimously for a sales tax rebate to Target.

    February 10, 2010

  • Savage, Patrick and Walker named site teachers Fisher Elementary School site teacher of the year, Stephanie Savage, graduated from Yukon High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been married for 19 years to Scott and the have three children, Blake, Paige and Allison.

    February 10, 2010

  • Larsen says goodbye to district Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    She said about 20 auditorium seats were damaged by the fire and many others received smoke and water damage.

    February 10, 2010