Few Rooms Remain For 40th Anniversary Convention
 

Only a few hotel rooms remain available at the Crowne Plaza - Oklahoma City for this year's annual convention as OPEA goes "Back To The Future",  August 28th & 29th. If you want to reserve a room for Friday August 28th, please email Jacqui Soukup. Once those rooms are gone, there will be no more. So far, 80 rooms have been reserved for OPEA members. To help members with the cost of attending, OPEA has secured room sponsorships for members who are attending from out of town.


We will have a great time Friday as we connect with fellow members and recognize the past. Saturday, we'll still have fun but we will also plan for next year's legislative session through the platform adoption process. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at this year's convention. Make plans to join us for a great convention



 




 

Reserve Your Trip "Back To The Future" Today
 

August 28th & 29th is the 40th Annual OPEA Convention in Oklahoma City. This year, OPEA members will be going "Back to the Future" as we recall the past and plan for tomorrow. Please join us. OPEA has secured room sponsorships through our generous friends to limit out-of-pocket expenses for our members who attend. However, we have fewer than 30 more rooms available. To reserve your room, email Jacqui Soukup.

As part of the 40th anniversary, we'll look at how OPEA began in 1975 and how we grew. Saturday, we'll also look toward the future as we plan for  next year's legislative agenda in our platform process. Follow OPEA on Facebook for more updates. 






 

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President's Corner

July 6, 2015

As we move into the new fiscal year for all of our state agencies, it is difficult not to ask how far can agencies be cut before we delve into being unable to provide core functions of government?  The majority of you who are still actively employed by the State of Oklahoma have experienced reduction after reduction in different areas over the last decade.  Whether that is staffing levels, training opportunities, or to the extreme, the closing of some facilities, it is easy and understandable to feel discouraged by what appears to be a constant attack on the services state employees provide. 

In fairness, the legislature took some steps this session to address much of what is to blame for agency budget issues, namely tax credits.  However, there is more work to be done to improve revenue if we are to get back to an acceptable level of funding for state services.  Even though Oklahoma’s economy is not in poor shape, giving away millions of dollars in potential revenue to companies that do not do enough to spur economic growth is a poor business practice.  Furthermore, as state employees, we should be asking why the burden of balancing the state’s budget must be shouldered primarily on our collective backs.

As you speak with your legislators out in the district, ask these very questions.  Let them know that Oklahoma is beginning to teeter into a public safety crisis due to the reductions to those providing core government services.  If  our state cannot adequately house dangerous offenders, serve the elderly and disabled or provide safe roads and bridges,  do  they want  a crisis to occur on their watch? The fact is, we inch closer to that every year. It is past time to reverse the trend before services are irreparably damaged due to reductions. We are dangerously approaching the line of crisis.

As the saying goes, we should not “throw the baby out with the bath water”.  All tax credits and incentives are not bad.  In fact, if a company comes into our state and creates jobs, we should encourage those credits.  However, right now many of those credits on the books are a drain on Oklahoma’s revenue and provide no economic benefit to the citizens of Oklahoma. They take away funds to pay for vital services. 

Many of us were raised with value of hard work and contributing ourr fair share.  Oklahoma must hold the companies receiving the tax incentives to this same value.  OPEA represents these values on your behalf every day but we cannot take up the fight alone.  We need you as our “boots on the ground” in your legislative districts telling your story about the importance of funding the services you provide to our citizens.  After all, you carry the most weight with the folks who write the checks.  

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  • Social Media Posts Can Be Grounds For Discipline

    • Sunday, July 5, 2015
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    Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are very popular with members and can be a great way to communicate what is going on with your family and friends. They also serve to connect people from across the world who have similar interests. State agencies use social media sites to promote their mission and connect with citizens. OPEA uses both Facebook and Twitter to reach out to our members and others. If used properly, these sites can be a lot of fun too.

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  • Happy New Year!

    • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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    Well, new state fiscal year to all state employees. July 1st marks the beginning of Oklahoma's new budget year. Let's hope that the cuts forced on state agencies by an inadequate budget don't set state services back too far. If they do, it won't be because of the hard working men and women in our state agencies who,  once again, have been asked to provide necessary services with limited resources. 

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