That may be asking too much. After all, Shannon wasn’t the only voice in his caucus who opposed a bond issue. Many GOP members think it’s a bad idea, even if they apparently don’t think it’s irresponsible to take out a mortgage to pay for their homes or to secure a bank loan to buy an automobile.
Bond issues offer a responsible, conservative way to repair and maintain infrastructure. Ratings agencies have been telling state officials for years that Oklahoma needs more bonded indebtedness because it shows they’re investing in the state. It also helps to secure lower interests rates.
In advance of being selected speaker, Hickman said he didn’t think anyone questions the need to repair the Capitol. “It’s unsafe. It’s an embarrassment,” he told The Associated Press. “Obviously, something needs to be done.”
He now has the clout to help get that something done. If the House rejects the idea, so be it. But that should happen only after he has worked hard to sell them on the merits — as opposed to simply waving his hand and saying, “Not on my watch.”