The best ideas for new companies come from people who deeply understand an industry, recognize a problem and then talk with potential customers.That’s the back story to SendaRide, an Oklahoma startup that provides customized, concierge, non-emergency medical transportation for individuals and senior citizens.The company was built from the ground up by its founder, Laura Fleet, who has practiced health care law for 20-plus years. In both her career and from her own family’s experiences, she has seen the delivery of health care from many perspectives.“Health care delivery is fragmented in many ways,” Fleet said, “and one of those is transportation. From my personal experience and from what I know about the health care industry, there had to be a better way to get back and forth to medical appointments. We started this company with the question: how do we provide transportation that meets the needs of the health care industry?”Fleet contracted an … [Read more...] about Scott Meacham: Oklahoma startup provides transport for seniors and creates jobs
With lots of attention on the $20.5 million internet sales tax measure that passed the House on Wednesday and a “ball-and-dice” gambling bill, all eyes will be on the Legislature on Thursday and Friday, as a statewide teacher walkout for education funding continues.The measures do not add up to the $120 million capital gains tax exemption some education supporters have advocated, and they are a little more uncertain than the $45 million or so lost by the expected repeal of a lodging tax. But lawmakers — in particular Republicans — hope they are taken as a sign of good faith by the educators hovering literally overhead in the House and Senate galleries.Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said Wednesday’s activity “is evidence of the momentum created by our passionate voices and tireless advocacy. … This is a win for students and educators and signals major progress toward funding the schools our students … [Read more...] about Oklahoma House convenes at 9:30 a.m. during teacher walkout. Find out how to tune in.
As the statewide teacher walkout entered its second day, some lawmakers are criticizing the behavior of those protesting at the Capitol.Rep. Josh Cockroft, trying to move on with business in the House of Representatives, threatened to clear the gallery Tuesday after protesters started booing.After unsuccessful attempt by Dems to get vote on Senate Bill 1086 to bring in $70-$100 mill by eliminating capital gains tax credit, teachers booed & chanted: "Fund our schools!" Josh Cockroft, R-Wanette, ordered ushers & troopers to clear galleries, but then relented. #oklaed pic.twitter.com/exA7JtWMW6— Andrea Eger (@AndreaEger) April 3, 2018Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, took to Facebook Live with his frustrations on Tuesday. He has since deleted the post.McDugle — who represents Broken Arrow, Coweta, Fair Oaks, Okay, Porter, Redbird, Tullahassee and Wagoner — said he voted for each funding measure to support education last year, but what he's seen during … [Read more...] about ‘Go ahead, be pissed at me’: Oklahoma lawmaker walks back vow not to vote for education
OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite talk of widespread dissatisfaction with the Oklahoma Legislature, three quarters of the House members running for re-election have yet to draw a challenge.Among those who don’t have opponents are the people who run the House: Speaker Charles McCall and the top three members of his Republican leadership team.In all, 40 of the 57 House Republicans seeking another term do not have an opponent who has registered with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Candidates must register when they have raised or spent $1,000.Democrats, the minority party in the House, have it even easier, proportionately. Of the 21 Democratic incumbents running this year, only three have drawn opposition. Even a couple of Democratic incumbents who narrowly flipped Republican-held districts in recent years have no challenger.Click here to link to the full article on NewsOK.com. … [Read more...] about Three quarters of Oklahoma House members are running for re-election unopposed
Teachers in two more states, Oklahoma and Kentucky, are taking matters into their own hands this week, going on strike en masse and staging large walkouts. For months, Oklahoma teachers have been fighting to get the bare minimum. They have been trying to get raises for themselves and for school staff members, in addition to more funding for educational programs. Though the state signed a measure that ceded a few modest gains, it wasn’t enough. Kentucky, too, has been in a legislative gridlock over education budget woes. Now thousands of teachers have stopped working and are taking to both state capitols to fight for their livelihoods. “Today was Day 1 of however long it will take to solve the education funding crisis with a long term solution,” wrote Oklahoma teacher Alberto Morejon, who founded the Facebook group that helped jumpstart his state’s movement. The walkouts come about a month after West Virgina teachers went on strike, also fighting for … [Read more...] about Following in West Virginia’s footsteps, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky are walking out