Around the South for Oct. 17: OK, MS & FL


Oklahoma: Budget crisis still unresolved. The refusal of the state House of Representatives to muster a super-majority needed to raise taxes has all but stalled theOklahoma legislature. The legislature recessed on Sept. 27 and will not go back in session until it reaches agreement. At stake is a $215 budget deficit that must be resolved either by increasing revenue or reducing spending on some important state programs that serve the state’s neediest citizens, reports the Tulsa World …….Mississippi: Cochran absence raises concerns. US Sen. Thad Cochran, 79, is suffering from a urinary tract infection and has not cast a vote in the Senate since Sept. 18, reports Roll Call. His staff had insisted the Senator would return today, but his wife informed his office that he needed additional recuperation at his home in Mississippi. Some members have questioned whether he can resume his duties as chairman of the Appropriations Committee …… Florida: Scott declares State of Emergency. Gov. Rick Scott (R) is preparing for a visit by white nationalist Richard Spencer to the Universityof Florida on Thursday by declaring a State of Emergency in Alachua County, site of the school. This allows regional and national law enforcement officers to assist in preparing for Spencer’s visit …….