Monday, February 01, 2021

Stitt delivers State of the State address, GOP legislative leaders react


Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt gave his third State of the State address to the Oklahoma Legislature earlier today. You can watch it in full below:

Following his speech, legislative leaders published their comments and reactions. First up, House and Senate Republicans. I will post the Democratic reaction in a follow-up article.



House Republicans React to Governor’s State of the State

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Republicans reacted favorably to components of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State speech Monday. 

On the State of the State speech: “Governor Stitt’s leadership has Oklahoma positioned for big success this session. The governor will find strong support in the House for keeping the economy open, resuming in-person school, empowering parents and improving school finances. On those and all other issues, we appreciate and will reciprocate the governor’s pledge to work together and have a productive session for all Oklahomans.” - House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka

On vaccination progress: “I’m grateful Governor Stitt is actively encouraging Oklahomans to do their research and consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. Herd immunity would allow Oklahomans to return to our schools, help our businesses thrive and return to our normal lives. I'm pleased our state is making significant strides in rolling out the vaccine.” - Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay

On public school funding formula reform: “Every year our schools receive less money per student because our formula sends out money for ghost students, students that do not actually exist. We must end this practice of watering down school finances by funding schools based on the number of students they actually have in their classrooms.” - Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow

On open transfer: “Our parents and children deserve to choose the education model that works best for their student, and I’m glad the governor is encouraging schools to offer multiple learning options. Our parents and students need the flexibility offered by open transfer, and a one-size-fits-all approach to education does not serve anybody’s best interest.” - Rep. Brad Boles, R-Marlow

On civil service reform: “It is very encouraging to hear Governor Stitt prioritize the type of civil service reform that can positively transform state government for employees, managers and - most importantly - the taxpaying citizens. Having worked on this issue for years, I am pleased Governor Stitt is at the table with all stakeholders this session to help get this to the finish line.” - Rep. Mike Osburn, R-Edmond

The governor’s State of the State address marked the launch of the first session of the 58th Legislature. A recording of his address is available at www.okhouse.gov.



Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat comments on Governor's State of the State address

OKLAHOMA CITY -  Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement on the Governor's State of the State address:

“I appreciate the optimism of Governor Stitt’s state of the state speech. Senate Republicans are ready to work with the governor and our House colleagues to help Oklahoma rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, grow and diversify our economy, help state government deliver services more efficiently to taxpayers, and invest in the people of Oklahoma. I appreciate the governor’s acknowledgement of the constitutional authority of each branch of government and look forward to working with him as the session progresses.”

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