Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Chamber’s board of directors voted today to endorse a proposed plan to stabilize state revenue, reform government to increase efficiency, and raise teacher pay by $5,000 a year. The plan was developed by Step Up Oklahoma, a nonpartisan group of business, civic and community leaders. The group came together to work with Gov. Mary Fallin and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to reach a compromise that delivers real solutions to Oklahoma’s problems.
“This plan addresses many state issues that have concerned the business community for quite some time,” said Rhonda Hooper, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber chair and president and CEO of Jordan Advertising. “The fact that such a broad coalition of business leaders, representing a cross-section of our state’s vital economic sectors, have come together and developed this significant proposal should send a clear message, not only to our state legislators but to every Oklahoman, that it is time to work together to put the welfare of Oklahoma above individual interests.”
The Step Up Oklahoma plan contains much needed government-reform measures to give lawmakers the tools they need to root out waste and allow for long-term thinking. The plan also includes an increase in the state’s revenue, and if it enacted, it would immediately address the state’s ongoing budget shortfall. Visit www.stepupoklahoma.com for plan details and to join the effort.