Opinion: Stitt on leading Oklahoma toward becoming a 'top 10 state'
This week, we hit a milestone in our COVID fight: over half a million vaccines have been administered, meaning more Oklahomans have received the vaccine than have tested positive for the virus.
On top of that, hospitalizations have been cut in half while case numbers continue to trend downward.
We can’t let up now.
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Oklahoma’s harvest is on its way.
My team has worked closely with Speaker McCall and President Pro Tempore Treat to craft an agenda for this legislative session: the People’s Agenda.
The People’s Agenda has three main pillars. The first is making Oklahoma a Top 10 state for business.
We are well on our way to Top 10 because we found the right balance between protecting public health and protecting Oklahomans’ right to provide for their families during this COVID crisis. Today, we are months ahead of other states.
Thanks to Oklahoma’s pro-business policies, we can aggressively recruit from other states that have failed to keep their economies afloat, while the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund remains key in attracting companies.
A strong economy is built on a skilled workforce. That starts in the classroom.
Simply put: Funding should follow the students, not schools. Our kids deserve to go to a school that helps them achieve their full potential, because their potential is our state’s future.
The second pillar is delivering taxpayers more for their money.
We must modernize our civil service system so state employees are in charge of their careers.
Just like private companies, government should be able to hire the best people to provide the best service to its customers — in this case, Oklahoma’s citizens and taxpayers.
The third pillar is investing in our fellow Oklahomans.
By doing this we can transform health care delivery, improve the health and mental health of our state and provide a better future for the next generation.
Oklahomans hired me to bring a fresh set of eyes to all levels of state government, and I’ll continue to deliver the turnaround they demanded and deserve.
Together with my colleagues in the House and Senate, I look forward to delivering on the People’s Agenda and leading Oklahoma to become a Top 10 state.