Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives released their priorities last week. Republicans have a 72-29 majority in the House.
• Enact workers' compensation, pension and unemployment changes to ensure a pro-business environment.
• Reduce the tax burden on Oklahoma families, individuals and businesses to promote greater economic prosperity and quality of life.
• Reduce burdensome state regulations and resist federal and state intrusions on Oklahomans.
• Encourage workforce development through promoting coordination among common education, CareerTech and higher education institutions.
• Restore local control of education by fighting “one-size-fits-all” federal regulations and mandates which constrain learning in the classroom.
• Sufficiently fund mandated reforms to Oklahoma schools through targeted increases in funding.
• Increase accountability among schools, teachers and administrators to ensure the best use of taxpayer dollars.
• Protect current investments in the Transportation Department's eight-year plan for improving Oklahoma roads and bridges.
• Develop and implement a long-term infrastructure plan to repair and maintain state assets.
• Reinvesting in Oklahoma through a “pay-as-you-go” budget, rather than relying upon bonds and increasing the state's indebtedness.
• Using growing revenues to reinstate full funding for core public sector services, including education, transportation and public safety.
• Protecting Oklahoma's revenue stream and tax base by opposing reductions in the state personal income tax.
• The expansion of Medicaid and access to affordable health care for all Oklahomans.
• Increasing funds for mental health care.
• Continuing support for the Transportation Department's eight-year plan to fix roads and infrastructure.
• Increasing funding for the corrections and public safety departments to pay for increased salaries for corrections officers, and adding corrections and law enforcement officers, state troopers and employees at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the medical examiner's office.
• Reinstating funding to public schools and programs such as the National Board Certified teacher bonuses.