All roads lead to Oklahoma

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Sept. 29 Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb spoke in the Atkinson theatre about what’s going on in Oklahoma State Government.  Lt. Gov. Lamb expressed his passion for Oklahoma by speaking to the students, faculty and staff about the “great things happening in Oklahoma economics”.

“Oklahoma is on the cusp of a economic renaissance, so don’t leave Oklahoma.  Now is the time to be engaged in the Oklahoma economy,” Lt. Gov. Lamb said, “We’re on the rise.”

Lt. Gov. Lamb listed examples of how Texas created an environment of government policies that gave way to an “entrepreneur heaven on earth” so businesses and people would have incentive to move to their state.

To create a positive economy, the Oklahoma state government on May 11, signed into law many reform bills to provide the same kind of economic opportunities for Oklahomans.

The much “needed” Education Reform bill (SB 435) starts at the elementary level so that students read at the appropriate grade level before moving on to the next grade.

The one-stop-shop reform (Jobs Creation Measures SB 772) creates a centralized licensing plan to enable small businesses to get up and running more easily.  This is important because 95% of small businesses provide work for Oklahomans, or are owned by Oklahomans.

“We have robbed the transportation department of funding year after year after year in Oklahoma; [in] 2005 the legislature made a recommitment to transportation,” Lt. Gov. Lamb said.

Legislative changes to state roads have been initiated to get people back and forth to work, school, or anywhere they want to go.

“Roads are one of the only issues that are all encompassing because you can’t get to Rose State College without a road. You can’t do it. If you’re sick or your loved one is sick you can’t get to a hospital without a road, and if you are in trouble, the police can’t come help you without a road, and when you go to work you can’t get to work without a road,” said Lt. Gov. Lamb.

Roads provide infrastructure within the state. Without a stabilized transportation infrastructure the state will be unlikely to grow and prosper.  Therefore, it is important to promote the growth and health of roads in Oklahoma.

Lt Gov. Lamb created the first ever Lt. Governor’s Policy Report in Oklahoma that gives voice to many Oklahomans. Since his inauguration on Jan. 10, Lt. Gov. Lamb has been traveling to every county in the state.  So far he has been to 62 of the 77 counties, and has plans to visit all 77 by the end of this year.

Lt. Gov. Lamb said, “whether it’s a big issue, a medium sized issue or a small issue, we’re putting it into the policy report. We’re submitting this policy report to the Governor and the legislative leaders on suggestions Oklahomans have all throughout our state.”

For Lt. Gov. Lamb, giving Oklahomans a voice in state government is significant, because Oklahomans helped build Oklahoma.

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