An Oklahoma Agenda for Broad-Based Prosperity

countryside roadsThe next class of state lawmakers will face huge challenges when it comes to their most important task of supporting broad-based prosperity for Oklahomans. Years of shrinking funding have undermined Oklahoma’s most important public investments in education, public health and safety, and other core services. At the same time, Oklahoma families are living in an economy marked by limited access to good-paying jobs, persistent poverty, and lack of upward mobility, even before a weakening oil and gas industry made the situation worse.

In response to this continuing crisis in our state, we’ve published a new policy agenda for Oklahoma that can help turn these negative trends around. The agenda comes in two parts: part one outlines how Oklahoma can create a better budget and tax system that would put our finances on a more sustainable path in a way that is fair and responsible to the needs of regular families; part two outlines policies that would help to restore America’s basic bargain for Oklahoma families — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.

We encourage new candidates and incumbent lawmakers to use these resources as a source of information and policy ideas as they campaign over the coming months and prepare for next year’s legislative session. We encourage voters to ask the candidates running in their district about these issues — make sure those seeking political office understand the urgency of fixing the state budget and creating better jobs and opportunities for all Oklahomans. If these ideas gain momentum during the campaign, they can serve as the basis for solutions to create the broad-based prosperity Oklahoma sorely needs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gene Perry joined OK Policy in January 2011. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, is a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and has chaired the communications advisory committee for the State Priorities Partnership, a nationwide network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Kara Joy McKee, who is a Tulsa City Councilor.

4 thoughts on “An Oklahoma Agenda for Broad-Based Prosperity

  1. Agendas are okay. We need to see concrete ideas behind them. An actual plan would be great. I think legalizing Marijuana would be a good start. 1. Quit wasting tax money trying to catch, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate. 2. Stimulate a new business opportunities by legalizing. 3. Pay taxes on it and stimulate tax revenues. This has been an obvious point for a very long time now.

  2. Shift our fossil fuel based economy to lead the way in the renewable solutions. From the old oil capital of the world to the sustainable energy capital. This can happen creating thousands of jobs and revenue to the state budget.

  3. I agree with you Pamela and I’m also a candidate for State Senate D25. OK Policy is doing great things and I intend to expand on it.

  4. Federal dollars for Oklahoma healthcare…Medicare and Medicaid funding must be considered and accepted for our citizens. Managed Care is now being implemented and is a form of privatized case management healthcare. Medicare and Medicaid are both government programs that MUST BE protected…much like protecting our public education system!

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