By Rep. Rick West
I attended the Monroe Old Timers Day on May 1, and I’m proud to say I placed third in the cornhole competition. I had some pretty stiff heat up against me, so this was quite an accomplishment. This is a nice community event with music, food and great fellowship with a bunch of friendly folks. Events like this are what I love best about small town America.
Last week at the Capitol, I got to recognize the Leadership LeFlore County class of 2021. This group is just outstanding. They work hard to get to know various aspects of LeFlore County and to learn different leadership skills and functions of management so they can help improve our area. I’m thankful to Karen Wages at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce for helping to sponsor this program and prepare our next group of community leaders.
Also last week, I had the Howe High School Lady Lions Basketball Team come up to the Capitol so I could recognize them for being the Class 2A state champions. This team just did an excellent job, and Coach Chris Brown is to be commended. The team had a record of 25 wins this year and only two losses. This is their six state win and the fourth under Coach Brown. They’re also the winners of the LeFlore County basketball tournament seven times running, and as I noted on the floor, that ain’t no Sunday picnic.
My wife Jan and I went to watch Heavener girls in the semifinals of the state slow-pitch softball tournament. It was a heart-breaker in the end, but a great game to watch. Wister, Pocola and Whitesboro also were in the tournament.
On the legislative front, we’re negotiating the state budget. The House, the Senate and the governor all have different priorities for the budget, so we’re at a bit of a standstill. But, the budget is the one constitutional duty of the Legislature, so someone will have to give, and it’s going to have to be this week. The House wants to appropriate more money this year for rural broadband expansion, roads and bridges and education and do some tax reform. We’ll see what happens.
Remember to listen to me on KPRV Radio each Thursday morning during the legislative session. And if I can help you with anything, feel free to call my Capitol office at (405) 557-7413 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rick West represents District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes part of LeFlore County.