State of Oklahoma Archives: on Budget & Economy


Joe Dorman: Prosperity requires more than making irresponsible cuts

Oklahoma deserves a common sense leader who understands that economic stability and prosperity require more than simply making fiscally irresponsible cuts as our state faces a mounting budget shortfall.

A recent national study concluded that nearly half--49.1%--of Oklahoma households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity. One in four Oklahoman children go to bed hungry every night.

A strong economy that benefits all Oklahomans depends on our ability to create jobs and attract new business to our great state. As a leader, I believe it is a moral imperative that we take fiscally responsible steps to ensure the opportunity for all Oklahomans to earn a living wage for a hard day's work. Government should work for all Oklahomans, not the special interests.

Source: 2014 Oklahoma Gubernatorial campaign website JoeDorman.com Jul 2, 2014

T.W. Shannon: Debt is a form of slavery

Lankford and Shannon both hate federal debt and continued annual deficits. Each speaks passionately about the devastating impact of over-spending on the nation's economic health and prospects for our children and grandchildren.

Shannon the Baptist Sunday School teacher quotes Sacred Scripture about the evils of debt--including allusions to debt as a form of slavery. Lankford the ordained Southern Baptist preacher fluently cites framers of free-market economic theories. T.W. Shannon has been a consistent foe of the Affordable Care Act; James Lankford was elected in part based on his predictions that ObamaCare would destroy the health-care system and that its mandates boost long-term debt.

In Congress, Lankford fights presidential overreach from the Legislature. Shannon assails federal interference with legislative state prerogatives and authority--and empowered an ally to form a "State's Rights" Committee to press against federal encroachment.

Source: Watchdog.org on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Matt Silverstein: Ban earmarks & cut spending to reduce debt

We must take responsible steps to deal with the federal debt or it will deal with us. If we fail to reduce the debt it will quickly begin swallowing a bigger and bigger piece of the federal budget that should be going to prudent investments.

We need to stop wasting our money on bad investments. Matt agrees that we must permanently ban earmarks. We will never get our fiscal house in order if we follow the advice of career politicians like Jim Inhofe who defend pork barrel politics such as earmarks, which allows every member of Congress to waste our money on their own personal pet projects. Too many politicians, Republicans and Democrats, think big spending is okay as long as it's "their spending" and that has to change.

We'll never get our fiscal house in order with pork barrel politics and Matt will bring a breath of fresh air by attacking the waste, fraud, and abuse that comes from BOTH political parties in Washington DC.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattForOklahoma.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Rick Weiland: Federal shutdown is more than wrong; it is shameful

SD Senate candidate Rick Weiland said his vehement opposition to the shutdown of the Federal government and Mike Rounds cheerleading in favor of that shutdown and threat to default on the nation's debt is and will remain the number one issue in their campaign for US Senate.

Weiland, who has called the shutdown a sellout to an extremist Republican minority that is representative of neither the American public, nor even the Republican Party, said Rounds should be ashamed of his support for the most irresponsible political position taken by a major party in the last 50 years. "This is pandering to extremism in its crudest form. Mike Rounds believes in his heart the shutdown blackmail game of the extreme right is wrong. We need to re-open the government and pass the Farm Bill." Weiland added. "It is a disgrace that Republicans are playing politics with Head Start programs and the Social Security benefits that our seniors depend on. It's more than wrong, it is shameful," Weiland continued.

Source: AdWatch: Weiland campaign email: 2014 Oklahoma Senate debate Oct 15, 2013

Brad Henry: Increase the Rainy Day Fund from 10% to 15% of revenue

This budget crisis is precisely the kind of emergency that citizens envisioned 25 years ago when they voted to create the Rainy Day Fund. Now is the time to use our reserve dollars to preserve crucial services.

We must also ensure that our emergency fund is adequate to meet our future needs. This year, I ask for your support in raising the cap on Rainy Day Fund deposits from 10 percent to 15 percent of general revenue collections. We owe that to the people of this state.

Source: Oklahoma 2010 State of the State Address Feb 1, 2010

Brad Henry: Surgical budget cuts to close $600M budget hole

This year, we face a budget hole of nearly $600 million. As Oklahoma families take a hard look at their own expenses and cut where they can, we must do the same. State agencies must tighten their budgets. Some projects must be put on hold. This fiscal year will be marked by thrift and sacrifice.

In this demanding economic environment, we must make difficult decisions. But, just as the Chinese character for "crisis" also denotes "opportunity," so, too, do the challenges we face present an opportunity to improve government.

Today, I have placed before you a balanced budget that makes precise, surgical cuts while protecting vital state functions such as education, healthcare, transportation and public safety. Through efficiencies and savings that range from purchasing reforms to consolidated information technologies, we can help ensure a government of greater effectiveness and excellence.

Source: 2009 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Mar 2, 2009

Andrew Rice: Government’s basic functions must be well funded

Rice is a “competence-in-government Democrat”. His record on taxes shows he will work to ensure that American taxpayers are getting their money’s worth from their federal government. Oklahomans know that in today’s world, you get what you pay for. Rice believes that government’s basic functions like national defense, law enforcement, disaster relief and recovery, infrastructure, education and health care for the poor must be well funded and efficiently managed.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Details” May 21, 2008

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