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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin seeks loans for businesses hurt by bridge closure

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she has asked for federally subsidized loan assistance for businesses in McClain and Cleveland counties that have been financially damaged by the temporary closure of the bridge that links Lexington and Purcell.
by Randy Ellis Modified: April 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

“To date, multiple businesses are reporting a 30 to 50 percent decline in sales, including the following: Engdhal Motors, Lexington’s Gas-n-Go, Massengale’s Furniture, Pearson’s Lumber and Shan’s Kwik Corner,” the governor stated. “A&B Auto Recyclers reports an 80 percent decline in sales during the past five weeks.”

Fallin said Clark’s Flooring was forced to close in Lexington and move to Purcell because of the bridge closure.

Small business owners also are struggling in Purcell, which has a population of 5,952, Fallin said, adding that the Purcell city manager has reported a $150,000 to $200,000 drop in sales tax revenue since the bridge closed.

“A decline of sales tax revenue of 20 percent to 50 percent was reported by the following Purcell businesses: Cara’s Sweet Cafe, The Railhead Diner, United Drug & Health, Carl’s Jr., and Ace Hardware,” the governor wrote.

Fallin is asking the SBA to issue an economic injury declaration that would allow business owners in McClain and Cleveland counties to apply for federally subsidized loans.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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