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May 1, 2014

Kick the can down the road

NORMAN — Oklahoma Gov. David Boren once said Congress doesn’t seem to get much done anymore. He left Washington 20 years ago but thinks he could jump back into any Senate debate without much prepping.

“It seemed like we pushed the same stone up the hill every year and never got it to the top of the hill,” he said in a Norman Magazine interview in 2012. “No issue ever had a final decision.”

Gov. Mary Fallin made similar comments this week about the Oklahoma Legislature and its lack of action on major initiatives such as Capitol building repairs, statewide storm shelters and the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

“We keep kicking the can down the road,” she told the Associated Press.

Lawmakers have failed to take action on Capitol repairs, the museum and the storm shelter initiative.

The governor also singled them out for inaction on the state’s $11 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

None of the problems will go away on their own.

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