On Buying Access to a Governor

Not directly on topic for this blog, but this article highlights a big problem at the state level. It might in part account for delays or roadblocks at the state level with respect to needed EM legislation and policies. See: Secretly Buying Access to a Governor

I cannot help but wonder about state governments that  push back on policy and regulatory changes needed post -disaster, such as requiring storm shelters and safe rooms in the state of OK and push back by real estate interests re dealing with sea level rise along the east coast.

Update:  Be sure to check out the array of comments on this topic.


4 thoughts on “On Buying Access to a Governor

  1. For those of you not here in Oklahoma, perhaps this comment may be helpful. Oklahoma has one of the highest tornado risks in the world, but most of us do not have basements or access to safe shelter in the severe storms. Since school children died in Moore in 2013, we have had a vigorous debate over whether to build safe rooms in schools and, if so, how to fund them. The issue is complicated because of severe cutbacks in school funding; some people argue that kids need books and desks more than they need safe rooms. Some of us believe our state should be able to fund BOTH books and safe schools. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is indeed a proud conservative who wants to encourage school safe rooms but does not support mandating them or funding with a statewide tax. She favors a more voluntary approach. Her opponent in the November election, Democrat Joe Dorman, developed a broad tax-supported plan to fund and build safe rooms as a cornerstone of his platform. At last report, the polls showed incumbent Mary Fallin ahead but challenger Joe Dorman gaining support.

    • Thanks for the local perspective. FAR more children are injured on school playgrounds, and more are killed there, than in tornadoes. Even in Oklahoma. It’s a good idea for future buildings — it’s a horrible idea to spend tax money to retrofit. That’s where facts are better for decisionmaking than emotions, but when children die in a headline event — it’s hard to get the facts to be as valuable as they should be.

  2. Shelter laws are tricky because many come with tax dollars. Or as in OK try to force schools to retrofit. Both of those are bad ideas because of science, not governor access.

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