Insults and arrogance
Oklahoma has a $188 million budget shortfall at a time of unequalled industrial prosperity. Another 0.25 percent cut to income taxes is in the wings. At 45th in per capita tax revenue, Oklahoma epitomizes small government. The response to shortfall? A 5 percent cut to the Office of Juvenile Affairs and Medicaid funding on top of a 3.5 percent cut in 2009. For people providing behavioral health services to disadvantaged Oklahomans, overwhelmingly children, who currently wrangle with Oklahoma’s 46th-ranked per capita spending on mental health, these actions deeply wound our efforts. They represent insult and arrogant dismissal of time spent instilling children with common goals we all work toward: taking accountability for actions, graduating from school, earning employment, growing into being a good husband/wife/Oklahoman.