Senator Glenn Coffee
State Capitol Room 531
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Senate Republican Leader Glenn Coffee
Sen. Coffee Says Democrats’ ‘Plan’ Shows They
Aren’t Serious About
Making Oklahoma A Jobs-Friendly State
Senate Democrats aren’t serious about making
Oklahoma a more attractive place for jobs and businesses, Senate
Republican Leader Glenn
Coffee said Tuesday.
Coffee made the statement in response to the Senate Democrats’
release of their so-called “responsibility and accountability”
small business plan on Tuesday.
“Oklahoma needs a whole loaf of economic reforms to make
Oklahoma attractive for job-growth, and the Senate Democrats offered
a thimbleful of crumbs today. Senate Democrats clearly aren’t
serious about attracting new jobs and businesses or keeping the
jobs and businesses we already have,” Coffee stated.
Coffee expressed concern that Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles
Laster, D-Shawnee, claimed that there is no lawsuit abuse in Oklahoma.
“One of the reasons Oklahoma ranks 49th in the country in
the number of doctors is because of lawsuit abuse. Oklahomans face
rising insurance premiums because of lawsuit abuse. This shows just
how out-of-touch Senate Democrats are with the people of Oklahoma,”
Coffee called the Senate Democrats’ plan for tax credits
for small businesses that pay tuition for their employees a farce.
“The two best tax reforms Oklahoma could pass to help small
businesses would be to eliminate the death tax and reduce our high
income tax rate. Senate Democrats didn’t say a word about
whether they would support this much-needed tax relief,” Coffee
Coffee noted that Senate Democrats’ have proposed expanding
the government-run premium assistance health insurance program without
a means to pay for it.
“With the current tobacco tax shortfall, the existing premium
assistance program is already facing a funding shortage. How can
Senate Democrats pay for the expansion of this program unless they
plan to increase taxes or cut funding to public safety, roads and
bridges, and education?” Coffee said.
“After one-hundred consecutive years in control of the Oklahoma
Senate, it is time for the Senate Democrats’ to take responsibility
for their failed economic policies,” stated Coffee, R-Oklahoma
City. “The Senate Democrats’ policies have given the
people of Oklahoma low wages, high poverty rates, and slow population
growth. It is time for the liberal Democrat leadership to be held
accountable for this.”
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Republican Leadership Office - (405) 521-5654