For Immediate Release: March 27, 2007
HENRY MAY BE SETTING STAGE
FOR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
“What is the governor trying to hide with this veto? Is Gov. Henry afraid that an independent performance audit might uncover his mismanagement of a critical public safety agency? Independent performance audits at public school districts have proven very effective at improving efficiency and saving taxpayers’ money. We believe independent performance audits can have the same positive impact on the Department of Corrections and other state agencies,” stated Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
“Perhaps the governor is worried that a more efficient Department of Corrections would interfere with his plans to implement the early release program that he outlined in his State of the State Address?” queried Coffee.
“Today Gov. Henry has taken a stand against
fiscal responsibility. We hope that he does not decide to take
a stand against bipartisanship, too, with additional line-item
vetoes the bipartisan general appropriations bill. If additional
vetoes occur, the governor will poison the bipartisan atmosphere
at the Legislature and will set the stage for a possible government
shutdown,” stated Sen. Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher, the co-chair
of the Senate Appropriations Committee.