House Passes Senate Measure That Would Produce More Tax Revenue

OKLAHOMA CITY (19 May 2016) -- The Oklahoma House narrowly approved the double-deduction income-tax bill on reconsideration.

Senate Bill 1606 slipped through on a 51-42 vote Thursday night. http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2015-16%20SUPPORT%20DOCUMENTS/votes/House/SB1606_VOTES.HTM It failed on a 45-50 vote earlier in the day Thursday.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, said SB 1606 would affect the 22% of Oklahoma income-tax filers who itemize deductions on their federal tax returns. Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, said those taxpayers include homeowners, business owners, and farmers.

According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, eliminating the double deduction would produce $97.3 million in tax revenue for the state treasury.

Opponents of the measure noted that Article V, Section 33, of the Oklahoma Constitution decrees, “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

The House sponsor of the measure, Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, insisted that SB 1606 is not a “revenue raising measure” in the technical, conventional, accepted sense because its purpose is to eliminate a tax deduction, not to raise tax revenue.

Most of the filers who itemize their deductions earn “over $100,000 a year,” McCullough said, and he indicated that on average each of those taxpayers will pay an extra $175 in taxes.

Friday, May 20, 2016, 5:06 AM

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Chickasha Library Summer Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library kicks off annual Summer Reading Program on May 26th. A parent/caregiver can come to the Library at 527 W Iowa any time between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm that day to sign up children ages 6 – 12 and 12 - 16 for the free programs. The kids can come too because there will be games for kids to enjoy while adults gather information about how the program works and extra special events. This year’s theme for children is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” and for teens the theme is “Get In the Game, Read!” Both themes celebrate physical fitness and tie in to the Olympics. The meeting times will be every Thursday throughout June and July 10:00 am – 11:00 am for ages 6 – 12 and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm for ages 12 – 16. If a child is 12 he/she and their parent can choose which program they want to participate in. Likewise if a child is 6 the parent can choose whether the child should participate in this program or Storytime which is on Wednesdays at 11:00 am. Attendance is not required just come whenever possible. “All children are invited to come and have some fun,” said Courtney Mayall, Youth Services Librarian, “there will be games, crafts, and lots of great books.” The benefits of participating in a Summer Reading Program are vast, “the program encourages that reading become a lifelong habit, and reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up.” (American Library Association) The Chickasha Public Library is a great place to spend time during those hot summer days, there is something for everyone, free Wi-Fi, e-books, computers, and helpful Library staff. Visit the Library website and ‘like’ us on Facebook. For more information or questions call the Library at 405-222-6075. Here’s how the Program works - the children read, read, read keeping track of the minutes spent reading. Then turn in the time on Thursdays to earn prizes. Times accumulate and prizes get better. Each child will be given a reading log and stickers to help them keep track. In addition to these programs for school aged children the Library offers a free Pre-school Storytime every Wednesday morning at 11:00 am for ages 6 and under. Look for other events for kids and teens at the Library throughout the year. The Summer Reading Program is free and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook (link is external) and Twitter (link is external).” Funding was also provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, and the Chickasha Public Library. “I hope everyone has a great, safe, fun summer and reads lots of great books,” says Library Director Lillie Huckaby.

Friday, May 20, 2016, 5:04 AM

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A Time To Remember The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day that we take the time to remember our military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We will never forget these men and women who laid down their lives so that we may be free. This year marks the 150th Anniversary (1866-2016) of the Memorial Day holiday that was set aside by the United States to pay respect to our fallen soldiers.

The Grady County Veterans Memorial located on the west side of Shannoan Springs Park has been the place for us to gather together and show our respect to our KIA (Killed in Action) and area Veterans. “As long as there are Veterans, they will never be forgotten”.

Sgt. Tommy Howell, United States Marine Corps 1970-1974, will be the speaker for the program. He served our country in the Viet Nam Conflict 1972-1973 and after fulling his military obligation became actively involved in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. Mr. Howell continues to serve his country by giving back to our Nation’s Heroes and assisting Veterans for the past 42 years. Mr. Howell has held many positions within numerous Veterans organizations and is a very well-known and respected veteran.

The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee who originally built the Grady Country Veterans Memorial along with the Local DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), the American Legion and the Chickasha Elks Lodge #2125 encourage you to attend this Memorial Day Service on Memorial Day, May the 30th at 11:00am. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm at the Chickasha Elks Lodge for all Veterans and family.

If weather prohibits the program at the Memorial, the service will be held at the Chickasha Elks Lodge #2125 located at 1818 West Country Club Road, Chickasha. Announcements for any changes will be available on our local radio stations.

If You Love Your Freedoms, Thank A Veteran! Sherri K. Lewis, OVRC/Memorial Chairperson

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:46 PM

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H.E. Bailey Accident

A semi-truck went out of control and nearly jumped the center divider on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike this afternoon.

The truck was Eastbound when for an unknown reason the truck struck and partially lodged on top of the concrete barrier.

The driver was reported to be unconscious when the fire department received the call however upon arrival he had exited the vehicle and was standing on the Westbound center shoulder of the H.E. Bailey.

Chickasha EMS checked the driver for injuries and it was determined that he should be transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

The roadway was partially blocked for approximately 2 hours while the wreckage was cleared.

H.E. Bailey maintenance crews, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers, Chickasha Fire/EMS, Grady County Fire Units from Friend Station as well as big truck wreckers from Johnson's and Chickasha Towing were on the scene.

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:43 PM

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

5/17/2016 1812 hours Warrant Service 900 block W Chickasha Ave 16014164 Officer arrested David Newton DOB 8/7/1979 for outstanding warrants through Grady County.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:14 AM

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Chickasha FFA Sorts More Than One Ton of Food During Post Office Food Drive

The Chickasha FFA Chapter annually participates in more than a dozen different community service activities throughout the year. One service activity the chapter looks forward to each year is the Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. This year marks the 24th year for the nation’s largest one-day food collection effort where more than 10,000 cities and towns collectively gather more than 70 million pounds of food for local food pantries. For the past several years, Chickasha FFA has participated by helping the First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha sort their allotment of food items collected by Chickasha postal carriers. This year alone, Chickasha FFA members sorted more than 2,800 pounds of food which will go on to impact thousands of Grady County families in need. Food Drive (Left to Right): Chesney McCabe, Blayne Bordwine, Callie Prochaska, Bailey Williams, Sarah Novotny, Melanie Morris, Ben Cox, Briar White, and Jamie Steele

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:12 AM

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The world famous Cox City Mudd Bogs will begin the 2016 season this Saturday May 21, 2016 with other events being held August 6, 2016 and October 1, 2016.

Gates will open at 10:00 a.m.

Timed competition events will start around 1:00 p.m.

There are numerous classes for a wide variety of competitors including ATV, UTV, Side by Side classes which is new this year.

There is also an area for riders that want to come out and play with their toys without entering the competition.

The Cox City Baptist Church will provide onsite food, drinks and desert.

This is a family friendly event and all are welcome to bring their own food and drink along with canopies and lawn chairs to that you can be comfortable during the event. The East side of the pits is tree lined and shaded for comfort as well.

Music and announcing services provide by Roadrunner Productions a DJ/MC production company out of Chickasha. Roadrunner may be contacted by phone at 405.255.0582 for all your DJ/MC needs. Weddings, parties, corporate events, dances, proms, after parties, etc.

Cox City Mudd Bog is located at 2362 Cox City Road, Rush Springs, Oklahoma. Just head east out of Rush on Cox City Road and keep going until you find the event entrance or North from Bray on Cox City Road and do the same.

Should you need more information our FB page is Cox City Mudd Bog our phone number is 405.756.7000 or 580.658.6073.

We are looking forward to seeing you their.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:57 AM

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Women’s Biographies is topic of ‘Books Sandwiched In’ on May 19

The Chickasha Public Library invites the community to its monthly Brown Bag Discussion ‘Books Sandwiched In’ on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Darlene Troup will be leading the discussion on “Women’s Biographies”. Biographies to be discussed in depth include those of Joan of Arc, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe and Emily Dickinson.

Other biographies that may be available for reviewing are those of Princess Diana, Mary Magdalene, Cleopatra, Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, Margaret Thatcher, Mata Hari, Grace Kelly, Catherine the Great, Ellen Lee DeGeneres, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Mae West and Agatha Christie.

Ms. Troup will also provide an outline which will help everyone begin their own autobiography. Bring your E-readers and visit the Library to get help using them after the meeting. Be sure to tour the newly renovated and beautiful children’s area in the Library. For questions, please contact the Library at (405) 222-6075.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:24 AM

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‘Fingerprint Art’ Class for 4-8’s on Saturday, May 21

The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) is pleased to offer a FREE art class for young children, ages 4 – 8, on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10-11 a.m. at 624 Chickasha Avenue.

Carrie Chavers will work with youngsters as they create ‘Fingerprint Art’. Children will make Fingerprint Bugs in a Jar and Fingerprint Dandelions using acrylic paint and paper. So … be ready to get your hands ‘dirty’ and have some FUN!

Ms. Chavers is a local artist, Certified K-12 Art Teacher, CAAC Director and Owner of the Chickasha Art Center. She offers ‘Paint on Canvas’ Classes and Private Art Lessons in her studio.

Adult caregivers are to accompany their children to the class.

Reservations are to be made by calling 405-314-3307 or 405-222-4797 or by emailing info@chickashaarts.org.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birthday of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be sent to those registering by email.

These FREE Saturday Morning Arts Classes are sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC), a local non-profit 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization.

The Arts Council is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) for funding the monthly First and Third Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:21 AM

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Scoop and Toss

Raising cattle provided a nearly endless supply of “organic fertilizer” for our garden and flower beds. Gathering the fertilizer from our corrals, pastures and pens was relatively labor intensive but it paid huge dividends. The spring I got my license to drive our old 1951 Chevy pickup to town, I scooped and tossed cow manure onto gardens and flower beds of anyone who had five dollars to pay for a load. At that time, the only thing that “scoop and toss” meant to me was scooping enough manure to fill the pickup bed and tossing it on the soil of enough people that I didn’t have to worry about gas money. Today, at the Oklahoma State Capitol, after a dozen years of irresponsible tax cuts and tax credit giveaways, “Scoop and Toss” has a whole new meaning. Oklahoma’s Constitution requires a balanced budget. Plain and simple, that means we cannot have deficit spending. If the state has needs that are greater than its anticipated revenue, the state has a budget hole. Oklahoma’s budget hole for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2016, is estimated to be more than $1.3 billion. Normally, when ill-advised tax cuts put a state in a budget hole, there would be an attempt to roll back the tax cuts. When there is no political courage to admit error and reinstate the taxes on campaign donors, creative politicians manipulate debt, issue bonds and borrow money. “Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting,” a 2015 report of the Volker Alliance, reports that poor policy decisions and the practice of passing current government costs to future generations hamstrings future spending options and weakens a state’s fiscal capacity to support the municipalities, counties and school districts that depend on its aid. Unrestrained corporate tax credits and incentives had robbed the state of its ability to pay teachers a fair wage long before the price of oil plummeted, and the lack of truth and integrity in state budgeting did not end there. This spring without warning, DHS victimized thousands of Oklahoma’s vulnerable aged, blind and disabled population by suspending the last 25% of their monthly checks until the next budget year. That is a lack of truth and integrity. Likewise, over the past three years, the legislature cobbled together budgets by using one-time fees swept from state agencies to pay for recurring expenses. This practice is an absolute violation of the principles illustrated in Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting. Rampant corporate welfare has rendered the state absolutely helpless to provide citizens with fundamental services and to aid counties, schools and cities. Roads and bridges are deteriorating beyond repair. Schools are crippled. Fire protection is lacking and our health care system is on the verge of collapse. Now on the table is a plan to borrow between $150 million and $300 million to patch potholes and mow rights of way and other recurring ODOT operational expenses this year and next year. Bonding a budget hole and leaving the debt plus interest to be paid by our children is never a good idea. “Scoop and Toss” is a common scheme that has been used in places like Puerto Rico for years. Each time the debt is extended new fees are added in. Borrowing money for recurring expenses is addictive and unwise. What I scooped and tossed more than forty years ago had an odor but it did not stink nearly as bad as the current scheme to “borrow our way out of debt.” Questions and comments are welcome. David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 405-557-7401.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:17 AM

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