For Immediate Release
March 2, 2017
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
The Republicans in Charge Do Not Have a Plan
OKLAHOMA CITY – Leader Inman addressed Republican inactivity after week four of the session. As this week’s committee deadline comes to an end, legislation filed my members of the House of Representatives had to come out of committee this week for the legislation to stay alive. Any legislation that did not come out of committee is dead for the year, to possibly be heard next year.
Leader Inman is a member of the appropriations and budget committee and will have a front row seat to all of the revenue raising issues offered close a $900 billion budget hole created by an inactive administration and the Republicans in charge. These issues will directly impact our public schools, senior citizens, hospitals and correctional facilities.
Inman stated, “They [the Governor and House Republicans] have no plan…four weeks have come and gone. We are a quarter of the way through the legislative session, and the Republicans in charge [still] have no plan.”
Republicans have not come to any consensus on any significant revenue raising measures. This should be a concern to all Oklahomans when priorities are placed on issues that they can act on quickly, like passing and signing the Real ID legislation, but not working together on a clear plan to fix the budget and bring in new revenue for the State.
Another concern is the Republican inaction and fiscal mismanagement that caused this week’s bond rating downgrade. Oklahoma now faces higher interest payment for schools, counties, and state making it more expensive to take out debt to fund core government services because Republicans in charge cannot find a way to work together and balance the budget.
The mission of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is to represent working people in Oklahoma and the best way to accomplish that is to elect Democrats to all areas of government. Oklahoma Democrats are progressive and sensible. We are optimistic about the future, and we are determined to see Oklahoma’s traditional values upheld. More information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party can be found at www.okdlive.wpengine.com or by calling (405) 427-3366.