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.