OKLAHOMA CITY —
Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, calls the program a success in attracting and keeping companies and jobs in the state.
“The Quality Jobs Program is a good program because it works. It’s not a giveaway because a company only gets rebated a portion of what they pay,” Shannon said.
But Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, a longtime critic of the program, said many companies that receive the incentive payments would expand or start operations in Oklahoma even without it.
“The problem with the Quality Jobs Program is that companies do not hire people based on tax incentives,” Reynolds said. “It’s an artificial incentive to hire somebody, and all it does is helps the taxpayers of Oklahoma pay for the salaries of those workers.”