Events to take place in communities across Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – A non-partisan coalition of Oklahoma organizations concerned about how recent budget cuts are harming Oklahoma families will take their message to communities across the state next month. The Save Our State coalition will host town halls every Tuesday in October in Lawton, Stillwater, Okmulgee, and Durant.
Save Our State is holding these community conversations to hear from Oklahomans who’ve been directly harmed by budget cuts and to talk through solutions to fix the broken budget and put Oklahoma communities back on a path to prosperity.
The community conversations will launch in Lawton on October 3rd. Other stops include Stillwater on October 10th, Okmulgee on October 17th, and Durant on October 24th.
“We’ve seen the big picture of how repeated budget cuts have damaged our state, and we are eager to learn from Oklahomans who deal with these problems every day,” David Blatt, executive director of Oklahoma Policy Institute and SOS coalition member said. “We’ve already heard Oklahomans from all walks of life saying they want the Legislature to fix the broken budget and they’re tired of hearing excuses why it can’t happen. They want solutions.”
Each event will kick off with networking and light snacks from 5:00 PM until 5:30 PM, followed by a local impact panel and a brief overview of the budget process and specific revenue options to help fix the broken budget. Programming will end promptly at 6:30 in each location. Details for each community conversation can be found on www.saveourstateok.org and below:
- Oct 3rd, Lawton – Unity Lawton Center, 1502 SW I Avenue
- Oct 10th, Stillwater – Stillwater Public Library, room 119, 1107 S Duck St.
- Oct 17th, Okmulgee – Mabrey Bank Community Room, 101 E 6th Street
- Oct 24th, Durant – Donald W. Reynolds Library and Community Center, 1515 W Main
“It’s time to take our message directly to the communities that have been affected the most by these terrible budget cuts. But most importantly, it’s time to hear from local community members about their thoughts on how we move forward and build a better budget,” Alicia Priest, president of Oklahoma Education Association and SOS coalition member said. “We’re hopeful we can not only learn a lot from these community conversations but also encourage local community members to reach out to their own lawmakers and demand solutions to Oklahoma’s broken budget.”