TPS Candidates & Media Show Who They Are

Analysis: The Tulsa Public School (TPS) Board Candidate Forum sponsored by The University of Tulsa, The Tulsa World and The Tulsa Press Club was held in the Lorton Performance Center on February 27, 2024.

Four of the six candidates for the three TPS Board introduced themselves and fielded several questions prepared by Tulsa World employees and one prepared by TPS students.

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Cutting Oklahoma’s State Grocery Tax

We are facing a 40-year high in inflation, which raises a lot of concern. In response to the rising costs of living, the House remains committed to providing relief to the people of Oklahoma.

Recent data shows that the average Oklahoman spends almost $300 per trip to the grocery store, making Oklahoma one of the top 10 states with the highest weekly grocery bills. A poll conducted in September 2022 revealed that 78% of respondents support eliminating the state grocery tax.

Last week, the Senate passed House Bill 1955, which the House had passed 11 months ago, to eliminate the state’s portion of the grocery tax. In addition to eliminating the state’s 4.5% tax, it includes a provision preventing municipalities and counties from raising sales taxes on groceries until June 30, 2025.

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Bill Puts Air Marshals Back in the Sky

While national media have dutifully covered incidents of airline passenger conflict in-flight they typically fail to mention that Air Marshals, once present on commercial airlines, have been diverted to process criminals during President Biden’s contrived, deliberate, and promoted southern border invasion.

In response to the growing airborne insanity, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Tuesday introduced the NO FAMS at the Border Act, legislation that would put federal air marshals back on airplanes as the administration has sent hundreds of federal law enforcement officials to the border . Under the bill, an air marshal could be sent to the border only if the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, gave written certification to Congress verifying the existence of a border crisis which he has often denied contrary to observable facts.

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OK AG Drummond Demands Biden Answer

In a release Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond has demanded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FBI address a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that found unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of the federal government are being released into unsafe situations, including into human trafficking.

“It is inexcusable that the Biden Administration is failing to provide proper oversight and protection for tens of thousands of vulnerable children,” Drummond said. “The situation along the nation’s southwest border is clearly out of control. The disastrous policies that have led to this chaos have devastating consequences for vulnerable migrant children. The failure to secure our border and enforce the laws passed by Congress endangers public safety in Oklahoma, and now we know this failure endangers the welfare of children as well.”

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Tulsa Music Census Launches Today

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (Tulsa FMAC) today launched the Tulsa Music Census, an initiative to gain a better understanding of the current needs of the Tulsa music community.  

The survey (available by clicking here) is live and being distributed in collaboration with more than 50 community engagement partners including institutions like Philbrook Museum of Art, WOMPA, Marshall Brewing Co. and more. Click here for the full list of community engagement partners

This effort is part of a multi-city cohort program, administered by Sound Music Cities, a leading Austin-based provider of music ecosystem studies and music census work. The program will allow Tulsa to gain insight from other cities and their best practices. Community engagement partners will have their brand affiliated with the project and will receive a sneak peek of the census results in exchange for their assistance sharing the survey. 

“Tulsa is such a great addition to this cohort,” said Don Pitts, president of Sound Music Cities. ”They are ready to engage their community and take a data-driven approach to growing Tulsa’s rich musical heritage into a destination. Their eagerness to embrace the data in generating a practical and impactful action plan with the community is inspiring and elevating the whole cohort.”  

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