Gov. Mary Fallin’s first State of the State address was short and to the point, stating a general philosophy of government and economic growth. The former Republican member of the U.S. House made no mention of manufacturing, per se, referring to the agriculture and energy industries.
Excerpt from the prepared text.
Our nation is slowly emerging from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Our state has fared better than most during these difficult economic times primarily because of the strength of our energy and agriculture industries. But, we have been impacted and too many Oklahomans are either unemployed or underemployed. That’s why my administration will focus on policies that create jobs, that build a better and more productive business climate and that get Oklahomans back to work. And it is crystal clear in my mind from my experience as a public official, we do not need more government, what we need is better government – and more efficient and effective government services.
Our state is now confronting yet another challenging budget year. But with that challenge comes the opportunity to seriously examine how we conduct the people’s business. It is time to ask the probing questions, the “why” questions – why have we done it like this for years and why can’t we consider a different approach – a new approach – a modern approach. And, yes, we must be courageous and willing to move forward each time we find a better way, a better solution for the benefit of the people of Oklahoma. We will undertake new methods and we will constantly strive to improve what we do and how we do it. And let there be no misunderstanding – we will act, because the status quo is unacceptable. My administration will be focused on creating jobs and growing our state economy, not our state government.
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