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February 5, 2013

Area legislators react to speech

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NORMAN —

“In a perfect world, I would like government out of everything,” he said.

But the current competitive climate has caused Oklahoma to miss out on opportunities because those incentives weren’t available.

“As long as we don’t get carried away, it makes good economic sense,” Standridge said. “We have lost prospective employers because of not having it in the past.”

The governor’s pursuit of economic growth in the areas of aerospace and defense, energy, agriculture and biosciences, information and financial services, and transportation and distribution will serve Norman — with the University of Oklahoma and the National Weather Center — well, Standridge said.

“She’s in favor of converting CNG for the state vehicles,” Cleveland said. “I’ve been in favor of that for a long time now.”

Saving dollars: “The state owns 7,000 buildings,” he said. “Some of those are empty. The state needs to start selling those off. I’ve been following it all along, looking at these buildings. This is something House Speaker (T.W) Shannon has been looking at.”

Standridge said he agrees with restoring the Capitol but needs to study the matter more before he voices an opinion on the funding.

“I’m in favor of repairing the Capitol, but I’m not in favor of any bonds,” Cleveland said. “I think we should take the money out of our budget and repair the Capitol.”

Health care: The Oklahoma Democratic Party was critical of Fallin’s “rejection of the Medicaid expansion, which would have immediately helped 600,000 Oklahomans,” the party said in a press release Monday. “She said that the cost of the Affordable Care Act was too much, but she ignored the fact that we have already paid for it with federal tax dollars. The $54 million for a Health Insurance Exchange that she sent back to Washington is Oklahoma’s money that will be used in a different state.”

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