Chamber backs OK2030 government plan
For backers of a proposed strategic plan for Oklahoma, the past year was the easy part.
OK2030 was launched by the State Chamber of Oklahoma last year to create a comprehensive plan for state government, one dedicated to lifting Oklahoma's national rankings in everything from education to jobs to health by 2030.
The State Chamber after interviews and regional meetings, including in Lawton officially adopted the plan in December. Now begins the hard work: convincing legislators and voters to act on the recommendations.
Fred Morgan, CEO of the chamber, said there was a surprising amount of consensus by participants on how to move forward, and there was little variation on priorities in different regions.
The recommendations fall into four main categories: business climate and competitiveness, fiscal stability and governance, workforce and talent development, and quality of life.
Specific recommendations include:
• Modernizing the tax code to provide sufficient revenues for the state's needs and move away from the Oklahoma's boom-or-bust budgeting cycle;
• Requiring the Legislature to approve line-tem budgets for agencies and give the governor a line-item veto;
• Give the governor direct appointment power over state agency heads;
• Give counties the ability to adjust their form of government to meet local needs instead requiring the same form be used in all 77 counties;
• Improve transparency and accountability in state spending;
• Reduce the three-quarters super majority required for the Legislature to approve tax increases;