Just got this in an email and I’m not sure why I am on the list.
Oklahoma Senate Republicans will establish a legislative budget office to provide greater accountability and transparency of taxpayer dollars.
Oklahoma Senate Republicans will add more accountability to state government by giving the governor authority to put into place the right leaders at state agencies to turn Oklahoma around.
Oklahoma Senate Republicans will honor and protect the $2.9 billion investment in our students and teachers, and we will restore 5-day school weeks, providing for reasonable exemptions, to enhance student outcomes and repair Oklahoma’s national reputation.
I hope you read carefully before you read my comments.
They link Power to Accountability, but this is foolish. Power does not increase accountability, my attempts at math aside. Whoever wrote this expects the reader us to support anything promising accountability. “Accountability” is priming word in this case. It is designed to make the reader more likely to accept the next idea. This tactic might work. Pay attention, people. Think hard.
To be fair, President Obama was an absolute master of priming. Most politicians have this skill on some level.
I’m sure restoring the 5 Day school week should be a LOCAL DECISION.
Government is best when it is closest to home. – attr to Ronald Reagan. It is a good idea. Notice how they preface the 5 Day school thing with something we can agree with, protecting the money for education for last year. More money! Yay! That was is a great idea! But that little paragraph has two (2) ideas and they are not equal either. The is no real linkage between the money which was for salaries only, and the teacher shortage and operational issues that will still impact rural schools.
You can look up “diversion programs” like I did. Or you can click here for an example. It is a good idea so far as I can tell. But where are they going to get the money? They can barely staff the prison with guards let alone start a new program. Good idea. Lets see how they pay for it.
I would love to hear your suggestions for things the Senate should consider. If you say consolidation I already have a well researched blog post. But let’s hear what you have.
This is a post script. I have been asked about the parts of the post that I didn’t mention and I thought it was a fair question.
“Senate Republicans will increase accountability in state government by creating a legislative budget office…….”
Accountability and transparency are two big buzz words right now. Having a legislative budget office might help. I’m good with giving it a shot. I’m not sure what I expect to find. Those who feel like we are overtaxed point continuously at the problem in the Health Department. It involves $30 million dollars that was stashed in an account where it didn’t belong. The theory must be that since there was one such problem there will be many many more. I’m glad to have the $30 million back and going to people who need it. But this was four tenths of a percent of the state budget. It would take twenty five similar discoveries to equal last years tax increase for education. Even so, I am willing to give this new state agency a try.
And I didn’t say so in so many words, but the commitment to safeguard the teacher raise is a good thing.
That’s it. For now!