Claremore Daily Progress


May 13, 2013

Sen. Burrage, Rep. Quinn give updates


Elected officials updated city leaders on issues currently facing state and local governments Friday at the Will Rogers Museum Memorial.
Democratic Rep. Ben Sherrer, Republican Rep. Marty Quinn and Decmocratic Sen. Sean Burrage spoke on the recent tax cut and the passing of the state’s general appropriation bill and workers’ compensation bill.
On Thursday, the Oklahoma House passed a $7.1 billion bill to fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year. Democrats and some Republicans argued the bill does not adequately fund state troopers and prisons.
Sherrer said there were 23 people in the gallery of the House during the signing of the appropriation bill. Of the 23, two were of the general public who were interested in the expenditure of $7.1 billion.
“Not that I expected that gallery to be packed, but I think it’s interesting to see something as big as the state budget, ultimately have that little of interest.” he said. “Compare and contrast that to the bill 1804 a few years ago dealing with illegal immigration, what you might see in the gallery. Compare and contrast that what you might see when we are dealing with a firearm deal.”
He said it’s just a “snapshot” of what is politically popular or expedient versus the issues that have a real significant impact on a lot of people with a broad brush.
“It concerns me as a legislator to see the general apathy on the big items that affect a lot of people.”
The GA bill will be passing out of the senate next week.
“I supported the Democrat-proposed budget, which was not accepted,” he said. “We had taken the same amount of dollars and basically reduced the appropriations that would have been going into some much need capitol improvements. Instead of putting $90 million into various capitol improvements, we would have reduced that amount to $10-20 million and then been able to fund pay raises for highway patrol, correction officers and more money into education.”

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