McAlester

Caroline Halter / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Tyler Clifton collapses onto a couch after a long day at the furniture store he manages in downtown McAlester. It’s the same couch where he occasionally interviews people for Facebook videos he calls “The McAlester Leadership Series.”

“Everybody that's asked me about the leadership series, what eventually comes up is they say, ‘What's the motive behind it?’” Clifton said. “Well I didn't really have a motive behind it other than I wanted people in McAlester to know what their leaders were thinking, and I wanted to know, too, if I'm going to be here long term.”

Budget cuts are forcing McAlester’s Department of Public Safety Office to close two days a week.

Representative Donnie Condit says 30,000 to 40,000 of his constituents are facing hardships because of calls for smaller government.

"The cutting of the income taxes was not very wise at this time. We should have put it off, but we didn't. And then also there are a lot of tax credits and tax loopholes and things like that that companies can get such as the oil and gas industries and the banks that have hurt the states."