Welcome to the Tulsa 9.12 Project
The 9.12 project of Tulsa is a conservative grassroots organization whose focus is educating, empowering, and activating concerned citizens; in pursuit of limited government, free markets individual liberty and personal responsibility.
It has been a while since we last met and 2019 looks to be a busy one. Next week our new governor, Kevin Stitt is inaugurated - (links to inaugural events below), and we begin working together for Oklahoma's Turnaround. I am excited to see Stitt and his administration take the reins. I am hopeful we will finally have accountability and reform in state government. We live in exciting times!Join us THIS Thursday! Please join us and bring a friend!
February was a busy month for us with our regular monthly meetings, the Republican Gubernatorial candidate debate and the Oklahoma Growth and Opportunity Summit - you met candidates and heard from experts and gained a better understanding of our budget process. If you were able to attend the Oklahoma Growth and Opportunity Summit, thank you for your time and eagerness to educate yourself on the state budget. If you were unable to attend, I am posting links to the video taken of the GO Summit.
Last week was a busy week for us. On Monday, our state representatives voted on the Step Up plan - one of the largest tax increases in Oklahoma's history. After much discussion and debate the House cast it's votes and was defeated, 63 yea - 35 nay. Being a tax revenue bill required a Super majority vote, 76 yes votes were required to pass.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 06:30 PMSpirit Life Church (Chapel) in Tulsa, OKOklahoma Wind Industry - Good for Oklahoma or No?Tulsa County GOP Update and Upcoming Precinct MeetingsLast year's legislative session seemed to be primarily focused on education and teacher pay raises. Occasionally we would hear about the wind tax credits and the $70 million check Oklahoma writes to the wind industry. Others would state that wind farms are helping to cover the cost of education through ad valorem taxes paid by the wind industry. This year the battle will continue on whether to abolish wind tax credits or not.
Do we need to offer incentives to the wind industry? How does the wind industry benefit Oklahoma when the majority of the energy is used outside of Oklahoma? Why should we support the wind industry? Instead of incentives, should wind energy be taxed in the same way oil and gas are? Mark Yates, Oklahoma Director for the Wind Coalition, will answer these questions and more THIS Thursday.
A few facts opposing tax credits for wind industry
Bring your questions and concerns.
About Mark Yates:
Mark Yates serves as the Oklahoma Director for the Wind Coalition. Mark was previously with Oklahoma Farm Bureau where he served as Vice President of Field Operations. Mark worked closely with the membership of Farm Bureau to engage in the legislative process. He worked to educate members and the public about important legislative issues that
Prior to his time at Farm Bureau Mark was an educator in Oklahoma Public Schools for eleven years. He spent time as a teacher and coach at Plainview, Edmond North, and Mustang High Schools. Along with his teaching experience Mark also served as the Federal Programs Director for Plainview Public Schools in Ardmore, Ok. With his unique background Mark understands the vital role that the wind industry plays in rural Oklahoma but also the impact it has for schools in Oklahoma.
Mark is a graduate of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he holds a Bachelors in History and Masters in Secondary Administration. Mark lives in Edmond, Ok with his wife Stacy and daughter Londyn. They are very active in the community and their church.Thursday, January 106:30 PMSpirit Life Church (55th and Peoria)Bring a friend!!
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11:30 AMOklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, OK
Governor Stitt swearing in followed by reception at state capitol (FREE)