Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Episode 18: Floor Leader Jon Echols, The Budget Agreement Detailed


Episode 18: Floor Leader Jon Echols, The October 23rd McCall/Schultz/Fallin Budget Agreement Detailed
http://insidethehouse.libsyn.com/episode-18-floor-leader-jon-echols#iG3itUq5rOCBsyYo.03

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 10: Talk of Reforms & Efficiencies

Special Session Update Day 10
I apologize this update is later in the day. It has been a busy one. Meetings continued today with all parties.
Because there was not an agreement reached today, and due to the Capitol’s closure, special session cannot be concluded until at the earliest the week of October 23.
While talks regarding revenue are ongoing, talks regarding apportionment reform and agency efficiencies have really heated up. One thing is certain, the State can only spend each dollar one time. Whether a revenue agreement is reached or not, the legislature must do its best to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. As those agreements take shape I will be including them in my updates.
And as always, updates will continue

Monday, October 9, 2017

Day 9: Weekend Efforts Were Made

Special Session Update Day 9
Because there is no budget agreement the House will not meet in session today.
Budget negotiations continued over the weekend. Specifically the House, both Republicans and Democrats, spent a great deal of time Sunday afternoon at the Capitol. I’m sure the Senate and Governor’s office were also working. An agreement has not been reached but discussion have been encouraging.
The positive, communication between the House, Senate (both R and D) and Governor has been strong. Again all sides seem interested in making a deal. The negative, if an agreement is not reached and voted on off the House or Senate floor by Wednesday, it will be another week and a half before the crisis will be fully solved.
We are at the stage where members cannot make the perfect the enemy of the good. It is hard to express the pressure members are under from all sides. Please continue to pray for all sides, Republican and Democrat, that they will be bold and make wise decisions for the State.
Updates will continue daily.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Updates Resume Monday

Curator's note:
   Rep. Echols called in to say that progress continued in smaller working groups, today. It was a less formal preparation for the week ahead.
  The full chambers have not been notified to return, yet.