Of priorities laid out by Gov. Mary Fallin in January 2012, all but two items either came to fruition or are still in development.
And both items that did not come to pass — a bond issue to support repairs at the Capitol and major cuts to the state's personal income tax — fell apart last-minute at the hands not of Fallin but of state legislators.
Here is a look at Fallin's 2012 promises and requests and where they stand today:
• Pass a resolution declaring Oklahoma will support a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This passed and was filed at the secretary of state's office.
• Create a smaller, more efficient, more customer-friendly state government.
The state experienced one of the biggest declines in number of employees between 2010 and 2011 with a 3.1 percent drop, and five agencies were consolidated into one — Office of Management and Enterprise Services — last year.
John Estus, spokesman for that office, said the number of full-time regular employees, excluding higher education, went up from 33,704 to 33,849 in the past year, but that it's a moving target that's hard to define with a single number.
Estus said the consolidation was expected to save the state $4.1 million, much more than was targeted. And Fallin announced several more consolidation plans in her speech on Monday.
• Hire a chief information officer for Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Von Royal was hired by the regents for that position in May.
• Develop alternative sentencing programs for nonviolent offenders with substance-abuse issues and develop new mental health “crisis centers.”
The state's mental health department will open two centers this year — Family & Children's Services in Tulsa and Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore — said department spokeswoman Pam McKeown.
McKeown said the department also has started screening for mental health and substance-abuse concerns at 10 county jails with plans for seven more counties to start this year.
• Increase the number of college graduates receiving degrees and certificates from 30,500 annually to 50,900 by 2023.
Last year, 34,347 people received degrees and certificates, said Amy Goddard, spokeswoman for Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. That beat the goal by 1,934, she said.
• Initiate a performance evaluation for each state agency and develop a strategic plan outlining goals and proposals for increased efficiency and improved services at each one.
Estus said a performance team is being assembled, and an evaluation software system should be ready to go within a year.
“In order to basically look at all the agencies' performance in the same level playing system, we have to look at them through the same software system,” he said.
• Re-evaluate the Department of Human Services.
Since being rocked by high-profile child abuse deaths and settling a federal class-action lawsuit last January, the state has unrolled a series of reforms. Last fall it announced it would close resource centers in Pauls Valley and Enid, and Oklahoma voters passed a law doing away with the department's governing commission and installing an advisory committee instead.
• Increase the number of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on the road, fund teachers' health benefits, provide supplementary assistance to the state medical examiner's officer and refill the state's emergency fund for cities and counties.
In a supplementary funding bill, teachers received $37.6 million in insurance benefits, the medical examiner's office got $1 million for new equipment, and the state's emergency fund was boosted to $34.1 million.
An additional $5 million was given to the patrol for a trooper academy — the first in three years — but its 30 graduates merely supplemented 30 others who retired in the last year, said Capt. George Brown, a patrol spokesman. Brown said 53 cadets are signed up for an academy scheduled to begin Feb. 28.
• Pass a bond issue for Capitol repairs.
A $200 million bond issue — including $160 million for Capitol repairs — fell apart in the House of Representatives on the second-to-last day of the 2012 session. Fallin pledged $10 million toward the project in her speech Monday.
• Restructure the personal income tax.
Lawmakers in the Senate and House could not reach an agreement in 2012. Fallin called for a revised approach in her speech Monday.
• Submit a request for proposals to automobile companies urging them to develop natural gas vehicles for state fleets.
That request was submitted in July.
• Require state agencies to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.
A bill that did that was passed, and Estus said the state brought on an energy efficiency manager in December to help manage the project.
• Fix the state's remaining structurally deficient state highway bridges by 2019, restore $15 million in motor vehicle revenue to the state transportation budget, raise the cap on a program that funds road projects with income tax revenue, and repurpose 1,500 steel beams from the old Interstate 40 Crosstown in Oklahoma City for county bridge projects statewide.
Transportation received $480 million in funding to carry out the bridge plan and received the requested motor vehicle revenue with a plan to increase it incrementally every year until it reaches $575 million, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Transportation Department.
Angier said that cap was increased from $435 million, and that all of the steel beams have been sent out to staging areas across the county. In fact, they have already been used in 45 projects, she said.
• Ban tobacco use on state property, close the smoking room at the Capitol and transform it into a fitness center.
Tobacco was banned in July. The fitness center is expected to be open this week, in a different part of the Capitol basement.
• Encourage schools to serve nutritious foods and promote physical activity.
The current budget includes $1.5 million in funding for a program that rewards schools that achieve healthy status, provides wellness opportunities for staff, refers children for needed physical and mental health services and teaches children how to take responsibility for their health, said Tricia Pemberton, spokeswoman for the state Education Department.
Pemberton said legislation passed last year also limits the liability of schools that open their doors on a voluntary basis to community groups and individuals for physical activity.
• Improve infant mortality rates.
Results of an additional $1 million in appropriations for infant mortality are not yet known, but the funding seems to be helping so far, said Suzanna Dooley, chief of maternal and child health service for the health department.
• Develop 40 new doctor residency slots to help increase primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas.
A total of 18 slots was created between family medical and internal medicine in McAlester, but it will take more than a year to complete Fallin's plan, said Dr. Howard Barnett, president of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences. Barnett said the appropriations are there, but that targeting a hospital facility and getting the program started and accredited takes time.
“There's not a whole lot we can do to make it happen faster; it's not her fault,” he said.