"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Experience Does Count -- Look at Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahomans in 2010 elected by far the most qualified person to ever seek the Governorship, Mary Fallin.  Mary was a member of the OK House, Lt Governor for 12 years, Congresswoman for 4 years, and now is finishing up her first year as Governor.  We are so lucky to have her as Governor and have to wonder if she had been Governor starting in 2002 if our state would be in even better shape.  She has brought accountability to State Government which has been missing for years.  Oklahoma is about to experience a leaner and more efficient State Government for which we should all be cheering.

Now if we can just make the state legislature leaner and more efficient the overhaul of State Government would be complete.  The idea that as a legislator they feel 'obligated' to submit eight bills each year is beyond ludicrous.  IMHO it is also past time to end all the lobbyist writing a lot of the bills which total over 1,000 for this small state.  Let the legislator write their own bills with their staff and seek input from the Attorney General's office if it meets or conflicts with our Constitution.  Year after year some bills do not follow the Constitution and the Governor will not sign or the bills are overturned by the Courts which is a waste of tax dollars.  If they cannot write one good bill, then they shouldn't be serving.

Oklahoma under Governor Fallin, has started our economic rebound.  There is no better salesman for Oklahoma then our Governor. As Lt Governor, Mary brought jobs to Oklahoma and now back in Oklahoma as Governor she is bringing more jobs to our state, tort reform has been passed, and the door is wide open to welcome new business into our state.  Without her leadership wouldn't bet that we would have the Tort Reform bill we have today.

Oklahoma is a great place to live with an economy that is rebounding.  We can thank Governor Fallin for leading the way!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 20, 2011Governor Mary Fallin Comments on Certified Revenue Figures 
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement on the Oklahoma Board of Equalization certified revenue figures. The governor will have $6.5 billion to craft her FY 2013 budget, an increase of $120.3 million over the previous year. 
“The numbers certified by the Board of Equalization today indicate that tax revenues are increasing as Oklahoma’s economy continues its rebound from the national recession. That’s the good news. The loss of one time funding sources, however, means the state is currently facing an estimated budget shortfall of $150 million. While that number may change, the bottom line is that next year’s budget will be flat at best. Moving into 2013, state agencies should redouble their modernization and efficiency efforts to ensure they are maximizing the value of their appropriated funds and saving taxpayer dollars.” 

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