Sofidel announces $360 million Inola facility

Governor Mary Fallin poses Friday with local officials and executives from Sofidel Group overlooking the future site of the Italian manufacturer’s new integrated plant.

Governor Fallin Friday participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sofidel Group, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper investing $360 million in Inola. The new plant will support 300 permanent jobs and 500 construction jobs in Rogers County.

“Sofidel will build here an integrated plant to serve the south-central and central-western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sofidel Group. “I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the U.S. significantly.”  Continue reading

OK Homeschool Practice Period April 2

I am thankful some local school boards and teachers associations have mandated the period starting April 2 as a time that all families in Oklahoma can practice and experience what it is like to educate their children at home.

It is amazing that these groups have put their own interests aside in order to help families recognize their own impact on their children’s well-being and education and to show families that they, in fact, do have the resources to care for their own children’s education and upbringing without the help of the state.  Continue reading

OK Senate approves Medicaid reform

Oklahoma leads 25 other states in the percentage of citizen’s personal income spent on welfare but is only higher than eight other states in the percentage spent on education funding.  Sen. Josh Brecheen wants the state to shift its funding priorities and says savings could fund $1,400 teacher pay raise.  Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio burns Oklahoma

Editorial:  Sen. Marco Rubio’s rally in Jenks was well attended by establishment Republicans. He resonated locally as a candidate for president in the days before the presidential primary, but that was before Rubio proved to be a self-absorbed immature twit. We had hope at the time that Rubio could be a leader for the future, but if he keeps attacking Rep. Jim Bridenstine – Rubio will likely never win a vote in Oklahoma.  Continue reading