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Gov. Mary Fallin: More prosperous state, more responsible government keys to 2013 agenda

BY GOV. MARY FALLIN Published: February 3, 2013

For Oklahoma to be friendlier to business, it will also have to be run more like a business. That means spending taxpayer dollars conservatively and responsibly. To that end, I've worked with agencies to develop a catalog of state assets. I will propose to eventually sell those assets that continue to be unproductive. I will also recommend immediate action be taken to properly restore and maintain assets in disrepair, such as the state Capitol.

I will remind lawmakers that important work remains to address the $11 billion in unfunded liability in our state pension system. This amounts to $11 billion in state debt, a problem that can't go ignored.

Finally, I will call for increasing resources aimed at boosting the physical health of our residents and improving mental health services. Improving health outcomes in Oklahoma is as important to containing health care costs and promoting economic growth as it is to our quality of life. We must redouble our efforts on this issue.

My agenda for 2013 will outline my vision for a more prosperous Oklahoma and a more responsible government. I look forward to working with lawmakers and all Oklahomans to pursue initiatives that continue our state's remarkable forward progress.

Fallin, a Republican, is beginning her third year in office.


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