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:!iiiii STATE Thoughts and Things SENATE From tile Journal Staff THIS WEEK . but me felt the .ef- myself and see it in others for about = full moons this 3 to 5 days before and 3 to 5 days on the news after, or about a week in total. I am about where the in a blue moon" It that every two full moons is thought to expression comes house has turn- with this last full !only put it off on that reason for I am doing things ~t normally do at this such as moving down cobwebs, refrigerators, etc. that if I do at all, it is cooler. friends have had a and/or includes myself. those that are not keep of the full moons large office with cretariee. All of us of the full moons. shorter than usual, than normal, more often, finger- and tears were word away. I am sure, effect r do men, but attributed to some from men. More robberies, the feel the effects in also a semi-believer in astrology, so I suppose I let it bother me more than it does other people, or maybe I am just more aware of the effects than most people are. Whatever, it is something to con- sider if you feel yourself unraveling for no reason that you can think of. Look outside, in the almanac, or on the calendar. If there is a full moon anywhere glose, blame it on the moon... --Deborah During the wet, cooler weather we had several hummingbirds at our feeder. Not at one time, but each one waiting impatiently for their turn. There are four reservoirs available, but they will not drink at the same time. Is this normal? We have even seen them dive at each other. James Thompson made it back to Perkins for his annual visit of fami- ly and friends. James is stationed in Japan and is a Perkins graduate. He said he had some Japanese newspapers laid out to bring but forgot them. They are interesting to look out, but not to read. Noticed where Carol Wall visited her father and other family members recently. She will be teaching at Sallisaw this coming year in the chorus dept. giving up band directing. She had been at Checotah previously for several years. Carol is also a Perkins graduate. Have a nice day. --Yvonne MONDAY August 5 ('V ratch for our Grand Opening) Patch Dolls-- Line of Toys from Infants through Teenagers By Senator Shedrick It took the full 90 legislative days allowed by the State Constitution for the 1985 Oklahoma Legislature to finalize budget matters and pass other important bills before sine die adjournment on Saturday, July 20. Before leaving for the year, law- makers passed legislation appro- priating $853 million to common schools, $429 million to colleges and universities and $56.6 tuition to vocational-technical education. These figures represented increases of $143 million, $61 million and $7.5 million, respectively. The $843 million going to public schools this year was the largest ap- propriation measure approved by the Legislature this year. In addi- tion, of all new revenue available for appropriation this year, more than 70 percent went to education. Teachers received minimum sal- ary increases of $2,000. Base salary levels were hiked $1,000, making it possible for some teachers to realize a total wage increase of $3,000 for the 1985-86 school year. College faculty can expect average salary increases of 8 percent. The first major issue addressed when the Legislature convened in January was the liquor by the drink question which was approved by Oklahoma voters last September. House Bill No. 1118 was written to meet two major goals--to ensure the law represented what Oklaho- mans thought they voted for on State Question 563 and that the law was enforceable and could eliminate liquor by the %rink." Licensing of '~oottle clubs" and establishments serving mixed bev- erages is now handled by the State Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforce- ment Commission. Cities and counties have control over zoning of clubs and can initiate suspension or revocation of licenses within their jurisdictions. Happy hours and other drink in- centives are prohibited, and a 10 percent gross receipts tax is being charged on the sale of mixed drinks or setups and any admission charges. After passage of HB 1118, the Legislature focused its attention on ten reform measures and three questions on a special statewide ballot slated for April 30. One of those reform measures altered the state tag agent system to prevent past alleged abuses which cheated school children of funds. The new law stops self- leasing practices some agents are said to have used to increase their yearly income above the $30,000 limit allowed by law. Senate patronage was removed from the appointment process, and agencies located in Tulsa, Okla- homa and Cleveland Counties will now be run by those citizens meeting qualifications of the Tax Commission. The prevailing wage requirement exemption is now allowed on public works projects costing up to $600,000. Legislators, judges, and state of- ficers and head officers of state agencies, boards and commissions are now required to disclose sources of revenue by category or industry from which they receive $1,000 or more annually. Categories or industries in which these officers hold stock worth $1,000 must also be listed under the new Financial Disclosure Act pass- ed this year. Violation of the act is a misdemeanor offense. Oklahomans approved the three state questions placed on the special election ballot. They amvnd- ed the State Constitution to update the budget estimating formula, in- dude a five-year property tax ex- emption for new and expanding in- dustry and give the Legislature authority to set a limit on the amount that can be claimed against a governmental agency for acciden- tal death. The recertification of state revenue available for appropriation, using up-toMate economic indica- tors, spotlighted a need for more~ revenue to provide long overdue pay raises for state employees and teachers. The tax package finally agreed to by the two legislative houses and Governor George Nigh includes a" permanent increase in the state sales tax to 3.25 cents per dollar; similar increases in the. excise tax on autos, boats and motors and the sales and use tax; a one percent in- crease in the fiat corporate income tax rate to 5 percent; equalization of automobile and pickup tag fees, a tax on sales of snuff and an add- ed penny to the state gas tax, dedi- cated to county road improvement projects. Eight percent pay raises for state employees making $30,000 or less were approved. Six percent in- creases were approved for salaries over $30,000. It is the first salary increase of any kin-d in the past three years for these employees. Most agency budgets were re- stored to the 1985 spending levels with some realizing additional in- creases. Spending levels have been down since 1983 due to a sharp The Perkins Journal Thursday, August I, 1985 - PAGE 3 decline in oil and gas drilling. Ad- ditional revenue from the tax pack- age produced about $286.9 million, 72 percent of which went to educa- tion budgets. The state's House Arrest pro- gram has been tightened up to pre- vent violent offenders and sex of- fenders from participating in the early release program. Members of the state's retire- ment and pension systems, in- eluding law officers, firefighters, state employees and teachers received 6 percent benefit increases in measures signed into law. Teach- ers also received the right to retire with full benefits when their age plus their years of creditable service equal 80 as well as increases in the minimum salary on which benefits can be based. Benefits will be bas- ed on a teacher's three highest salaried years, instead of the five highest, which was the formula before. As always, I am available to anyone who might have a question or comment regarding any issues we may handle at the State Capitol My address is: Senator Bernice Shedrick, Room 426, State Capitol Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or P.O. Box 843, Stillwater, OK 74076. My telephone number in Oklahoma Ci- ty is (405) 524-0126, extension 572; in Stillwater, (405) 743-4500. SENIOR CITIZEN NEWS By Mildred Cash Sixteen came to the Center Satur- day night and we all had an en- j oyable evening. Widow's luncheon is Thursday, AugUst Ist. Everyone has been enjoying the nice showers we have beengetting. I suspect next month will be quite different. We will have a potluck ~dinner Wednesday, August 14th. The nurse will be there taking screen- ings for sugar and blood pressures. We had sixteen musicians Mon- day night to furnish a lot of good music. Hostesses were Lavell Wells and Erma Miller. Our condolences to Mr. and Mrs. E. L. McCarty in the loss of their son. -Oo SLACK TIlE TOWN DOG IS MISSING (From Page I) brought an end to the wander- ings of several town dogs, in- cluding Slick. A favorite with school children and the employ- ees at Del-Mar's Food Store for many years, was a large, old, part Husky and part German Shepherd dog that belonged to Dale Burch, but who found a home during the daytime on the sidewalk at the local grocery store. The school children eating lunch there kept him fat, and the employees made sure he received bones and meat scraps. When the leash ordinance was passed, Dale gave him to some people in Stillwater. It is reported that Sambo died of old age shortly after his change of residence. Another town or ' neighbor- hood" dog was Perkins. Perkins roamed the Cimarron Heights neighborhood and one year was picked up for lack of a license. ' The neighborhood children took up a collection and had Perkins innoculated and licensed. Another dog that was about town quite often was Sambo, a small, black terrier type dog belonging to Jimbo Myer. Sam- bo and Jimbo moved away to live with an aunt after Jimbo's grandfather's death. -O- ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF DAUGHTER Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Graham of Perkins announce the birth of a daughter, Friday, July 12, 1985, at the Stillwater Medical Center. She weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Karlle Marie. She is welcomed at home by a big brother, Adam, 4. Maternal grandparents are Linda Doyle and Dr. J. C. Doyle, Perkins. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted Graham, Coyle. Maternal greabgrandmothers are Mrs. Bob Turman and Mrs. A. C. Doyle. Paternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rhodile Arthur. "O" Acid rain now affects 22 states. It devastates mr, soil, water, wildlife. Your voice against the deadly poison can be heard through Izaak Walton League. 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