Issues

Reforms to Advance Oklahoma

OK United seeks to drive social, economic and legislative change in Oklahoma for a brighter future in our state. These policy priorities and reforms will increase Oklahoma’s competitive standing with surrounding states, improve our business climate and make Oklahoma a better place to live.

BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS

  • Restructure Oklahoma’s tax code to bring our economy up to date, making Oklahoma a competitive destination for new business.
  • Build an independent regulation reviewing body to ensure businesses and industries are able to grow.
  • Modernize occupational licensing to eliminate unnecessary obstacles that are restricting Oklahomans from working efficiently.
  • Introduce smart business incentives to attract new businesses to our state.

ECONOMIC STABILITY / ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Develop a rainy day fund for economic declines to reinforce our state’s economy in times of organic downturns.
  • Require line item budgets of how taxpayer dollars will be used, and the Governor should be able to veto individual line items.
  • Give Oklahoma’s new Governor power to hire and fire unelected bureaucrats to ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted to fill bureaucrats’ pockets.

BUILD A STRONGER WORKFORCE

  • Research school consolidation options to explore opportunities for putting as many education dollars into the classroom as possible.
  • Reform higher education administration to ensure the most effective dispersion of resources.

JOB CREATION

Oklahoma’s economy has thrived in recent years, as more and more companies are moving to the state and longtime Oklahoma-based small businesses are finding opportunities to expand. Pro-growth policies set in place by state leaders have contributed to Oklahoma’s low unemployment rate and rise in family incomes.

While the energy boom of the 20th century laid a foundation for Oklahoma’s present day economy, recent economic expansions in the metropolitan areas of the state have helped diversify our economy and put Oklahoma’s future on surer footing.

For example, initiatives like the aerospace engineering tax credit helps create high-paying, high-skilled jobs in the state, and our low cost of living helps attract some of the nation’s brightest rising stars in the technology fields. With an economic output of more than $12 billion, the aerospace industry is one of Oklahoma’s top 3 job creators.

But small businesses are just as vital to our state’s economy as big industries. That’s why Oklahoma developed the Small Employer Quality Jobs Program, which allows small businesses to receive a 5% cash-back incentive for up to seven years to locate or expand in Oklahoma.

OK United wants to make sure our economic environment will allow all businesses, large or small, to achieve the kind of success here in Oklahoma that so many already have found in the Sooner State.

GOP TAX REFORM BILL CREATES JOBS AND CUTS TAXES FOR OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS

Tax reform legislation currently being considered by Congress will have a positive impact on the Oklahoma economy. If
the current legislation is approved, OKLAHOMA can expect its economy to grow by 1.5% over the next 10 years. That’s
good news for Oklahoma businesses, workers and taxpayers.

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CUTTING WASTE & FIGHTING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

While Oklahoma has come through the “Great Recession" stronger than ever, state leaders learned an important lesson about waste in state government during that period. Just like many families had to make sacrifices, all state agencies and departments can find ways to operate more efficiently without slashing services and benefits that the people of Oklahoma rely upon.

Instead of supporting higher taxes that will maintain a bloated government, OK United supports finding smart ways to limit the expansion of government so that Oklahomans can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

Recently, state leaders started discussing raising the Gross Production Tax on oil and gas produced in Oklahoma. We are asking Oklahomans to stand up for Oklahoma industry and businesses and tell your legislator to oppose any new taxes on gross production.