Posts Tagged ‘Jason Murphey’

The State did not steal the pot of gold

July 29, 2013 1 comment

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Last week I wrote about my desire to help local school boards save money for infrastructure needs while avoiding debt and property tax increases. House District 31’s rapid growth and corresponding increase in property tax collections continue to provide area school districts with new resources. Districts should be allowed to set aside some of these funds to build and improve school buildings without incurring debt or having to ask for a tax increase. Read more…

Has your elected official been co-opted? Part II

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Sometimes voters elect officers on a platform of reform and innovation. The new office holder starts out with the best intentions, excited and ready to implement new ideas, but over time he changes into a self-centered career politician whose primary motivation becomes the extension of his political life. Read more…

Has your Elected Official been Co-opted?

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As a newly elected official I was excited, optimistic, and ready to change the world. When I gave a presentation to a local civic group in 2002, I talked about taking on the status quo and bringing reform on behalf of the taxpayers. I could point to any number of abuses and the roadmap to mitigate them, thereby reforming government and taking on the “good ol’ boy” politicians. As part of the presentation, I took questions from the audience. I can still recall a question from another recently appointed official who shared my ideals for reform: “How can we tell when we have become just like them?” Read more…

The right kind of leadership

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Before this year’s legislative session, pundits opined about the divided Republican caucus in the House. The 2012 session had not been an easy one and those pundits enjoyed pointing to the allegedly fractured group of Republican Representatives and perhaps predicting ensuing chaos. Those predictions did not come true in part due to extremely effective leadership by new House Speaker TW Shannon. Read more…

Lawmakers File Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act

January 20, 2013 4 comments

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During the past few weeks I have received many emails about 2nd amendment related legislation that will be sponsored this year in the Oklahoma. Here is a just-released updated describing one such measure of which I will be one of 15 principle authors. Read more…

Transportation, States Rights, Modernization and Federal Government spending

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

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Last week, members of the House of Representatives received their committee appointments for the next two years. Read more…

Why did your Property Tax go up?

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

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When many of House District 31 residents, who also live in Logan County, received their new property tax assessments last April, they noticed a refreshing sight. Their property assessment stayed the same or may have even dropped. Read more…

The Scary Side of State Government

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

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Perhaps no effort to shrink the size of state government has been more aggressive than the attempt to consolidate the state’s massive information technology infrastructure. As part of this reform, we included a robust reporting requirement in the legislation that mandated the reform. Read more…

The 2013 battle over Federal Health Care policy

November 12, 2012 1 comment

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There are many within state government who understand that the long term fiscal impact of the federal health care law will be devastating. While the federal government may attempt to incur much of the expense up front, the policy clearly intends to shift massive amounts of cost to state government. Read more…

Everyone Pays When Government Levies Intangible Tax On Corporations

November 7, 2012 Leave a comment

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Each day, taxpayers give up millions of dollars due to cost of living increases because of government regulation and taxation. Most taxpayers never realize that the government is the reason they are paying so much. This is because of the hidden costs of government that are baked into every aspect of our lives. Read more…

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