For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Sen. Charlie Laster
Democratic Leader Charlie Laster Responds to Senate Republicans
Frantically Trying to Rewrite
History of REAP Debate
"Senator Justice is correct that Senate Democratic
members did “find the problems” with the Republican
leadership’s budget proposal that completely gutted funding
for REAP and would have required furloughs of state troopers.
Senate Democrats understood doing so would have
jeopardized the public safety of all Oklahomans and left rural
Oklahoma in the dust.
“Senator Justice and others don’t seem
to appreciate that it was through the efforts of the Senate Democratic
Caucus that enough attention was brought to these issues that
Republican leaders miraculously “found” the money
to fund REAP and DPS.
“However, Senate Democrats do appreciate
the help of certain rural Republicans in convincing their Oklahoma
City and Tulsa leaders to save REAP.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Laster's Office - 405-521-5539