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Oklahoma GOP leaders should craft detailed, meaningful agendas for 2013

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 11, 2012

Still, to remain relevant Fallin would be wise to propose a meaningful legislative agenda and then actually build support for it — among citizens and lawmakers. The governor must avoid a repeat of last year when she rolled out a detailed tax-cut plan but then largely disappeared from public view. In a matter of days, that plan was being gutted in the Legislature.

The Republican legislative caucuses also would benefit from unveiling their own detailed agendas, providing citizens a concrete plan of action for the state. Too often in recent years, legislative leaders have endorsed vague goals such as “improving Oklahoma's business climate” or “supporting education” while providing limited specifics. Much was left to last-minute, behind-the-scenes negotiations.

No doubt, such negotiations will still occur even if the governor, House and Senate each unveil comprehensive agendas this year. But those agendas would provide a good starting point for discussion and, hopefully, validate citizens' decisions to elect Republicans to office.

Admittedly, a detailed agenda risks offending some voters, but that's preferable to stasis and inaction. Election of a historic Republican majority should foster meaningful reform, not make GOP lawmakers more fearful of the voters.

Oklahomans have given Republicans unprecedented power for one simple reason — to advance conservative policies that improve our state, not to simply boost a political party's numeric standing. GOP lawmakers should keep that in mind.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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