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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the failure by the State House to pass a measure to increase taxes on cigarettes, gas, low-pont beer and oil and gas wells to help fix a $215M shortfall in the budget, the State Health Department says it can't make payroll at the end of the month without a supplemental appropriation from the legislature and a national credit rating agency warns Oklahoma could drop in its credit rating because of a failure to fix the budget.

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The Oklahoma City Council heard proposed loosening of regulations to an anti-panhandling ordinance on Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has an existing lawsuit over the ordinance, saying it violated the 1st and 14th amendments.

The ordinance impacts the ability of Curbside Chronicle vendors to earn money. The street newspaper helps homeless people build a work history and lift themselves out of homelessness.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the first day of filing for political office which saw at least 30 people involved with education sign up to take on challengers and, shortly before that, Governor Fallin held a press conference to unveil her new plan to fix the $1.3 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the anti-panhandling measure passed by Oklahoma City, a new study ranking Oklahoma next to last in regard to health and Planned Parenthood says error rate accusations against the organization are exaggerated.

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By a 7-2 vote, the Oklahoma City Council bans activities in medians less than 30 feet wide.

For more than two hours, several organizations who help the poor and homeless spoke in opposition to the measure. Only one group spoke in support.

Councilwoman Meg Salyer says she pushed the bill and amended it to deal with public safety.

"The ordinance before us today, amending Chapter 32 of the municipal code about motor vehicles and traffic, addresses the public safety issue of both pedestrians and drivers," says Salyer.

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance banning activities in city medians with an emphasis on ending panhandling.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about what this means for Oklahoma City's indigent community.

 

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin's call for the Oklahoma Health Department to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the government waste report released by Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and a poll showing strong support by Oklahoma voters for school choice.

The Oklahoma City Council advances an ordinance to ban everyone from medians not just panhandlers.

The council heard from several citizens opposed to the measure like Derrek Jump, a veteran who advocates for homeless vets. Jump says he’s opposed to the idea of fining and jailing our poorest citizens.

"I think what it boils down to is extra revenue for our great city and the fact that we're willing to create revenue off the backs of our homeless population is absolutely reprehensible," says Jump.

Should We Give Money to Panhandlers?

Jan 13, 2015
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As you drive around in Oklahoma City, you’re bound to see them, people on the curbs with cardboard signs asking for jobs or money.

In this week’s JenX, while it might be instinct to give to them, Jennifer Martin observes that might not be the right thing.