Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 3, 2010
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Senior Meals Agreement Saves Programs Next Year
Program move to a different agency means state budget
will never again be balanced on the back of senior citizens, Sen.
An agreement on the fate
of Oklahoma’s senior meals programs means the critical initiatives
that feed more than 60,000 elderly Oklahomans will continue to be
funded next year, Sen. Kenneth
Corn said Wednesday.
In addition, legislators have agreed to move the meal programs
from control of the state Department of Human Services to another
agency to prevent future catastrophic cuts like the ones that nearly
destroyed the program over the last few months.
“Today Senate Democrats reached agreement with the Republican
leadership of the Senate that senior meal programs will be funded
next year,” Corn, D-Poteau, said. “No longer will Oklahoma’s
state budget be balanced on the back of the most vulnerable citizens
in our communities.”
Corn and other Senate Democrats have been involved in a pitched
fight to save the senior meals programs and to restore as much of
the $7.4 million in cuts that have nearly destroyed the programs
over the last few months.
Earlier this week, after voting for nearly $400 million in emergency
funding for schools, public safety and health care, Senate Democrats
stalled two bills that would have completed efforts to fix a massive
$1.3 billion 2010 state revenue budget collapse.
The programs feed seniors more than one million meals each year.
Seniors who receive the meals are usually unable to afford the food
they need to survive or can no longer prepare their own meals. The
meals are either delivered to homes or seniors gather at local senior
meal centers to be fed.
The programs are likely to be moved to the control of a state
agency like the Department of Commerce.
Corn said each side in the dispute compromised enough to reach
“This is the first time since the cuts were announced last
year that the Republican leadership has considered Democratic concerns
about this issue,” he said. “Everyone compromised enough
to find a solution that will allow us to move forward and help the
people of Oklahoma.”
Corn pledged to closely monitor senior meal program legislation
and will continue to work diligently to guarantee the maximum funding
possible for next year.
“Meal programs are critical to tens of thousands of Oklahoma’s
oldest and most needy citizens. My Christian faith requires that
I do all within my power to help those among us who are the weakest
and most vulnerable – and I intend to keep on doing that.”
more information contact:
Sen. Corn: 405-521-5576