Gov. Fallin to run for second term
Governor Mary Fallin has officially kicked off her re-election campaign for 2014 during a statewide tour that made stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Lawton.
“Oklahoma has pursued conservative, common sense policies that have helped to right our economy and put tens of thousands of men and women back to work,” Fallin said. “We need to build on that momentum to ensure that Oklahoma families and businesses continue to thrive. That’s why I’m running to be your governor for a second term.”
Fallin was elected with a wide margin in 2011, becoming Oklahoma’s first female governor. Following Democrat Brad Henry, she inherited a challenging set of economic circumstances when she took office. Both the state and the nation were in the midst of a recession. Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 7 percent. A stagnant economy had lead to declining revenue and a half billion-dollar budget shortfall. The state was also broke, with just $2.03 in its Rainy Day Savings Account.
Fallin has pushed reforms like tax cuts, lawsuit reform and an overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system.
She worked to consolidate or eliminate dozens of agencies, boards and commissions. She also prioritized spending needs, making tough budget cuts while still providing the necessary funding for priorities like education, public safety and health services.
Fallin said she stood up to the Obama Administration, saying “no” to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion that would have driven the state off a fiscal cliff.
Oklahoma’s unemployment rate has fallen to just 5.3 percent, one of the lowest rates in the nation. The Rainy Day Savings Account, once empty, now stands at over a half billion dollars.
Oklahoma families have thrived, with per capita income growth rising at the fourth fastest rate in the nation since 2011.
Fallin said Oklahoma’s progress has been significant, but that the bad policies and gridlock coming from Washington threaten to derail the Oklahoma Comeback.
“As a state, we are headed in the right direction,” said Fallin. “Our policies are helping to create jobs and improve the quality of life for Oklahoma families. But we know we have challenges ahead. The ongoing dysfunction and gridlock in our nation’s capitol, in particular, threatens to erase our progress. As governor, I’ll make sure Washington doesn’t derail Oklahoma’s impressive record of growth and success.”
For more information, go to www.maryfallin.org.