Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2008
Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee responds to Gov. Henry’s
State of the State address Monday at the Capitol.
COFFEE COMMENTS ON HENRY’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
State Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, commented on Gov. Brad Henry’s
2008 State of the State Address.
“With our state and nation facing so many critical challenges,
I believe the people of Oklahoma were hoping to hear more of a vision
for change and innovation from Governor Henry. Instead, much of
what the governor discussed were repackaged old proposals, and he
didn’t even mention many important issues facing our state.
“Senate Republicans have a bold and innovative agenda to
move Oklahoma forward, and we hope to work with Governor Henry,
Senate Democrats, and the new House leadership to do the people’s
business,” Coffee said.
“Governor Henry proposed a a laundry list of spending today,
but he did not give much detail on how he plans to pay for it. We
will analyze the governor’s budget to make sure it is based
in reality. We must be cautious to ensure we don’t dig a hole
for future budget years,” he said.
Coffee expressed disappointment that Henry did not mention key
issues such as lawsuit reform, tax relief, and government accountability.
“Given that the governor didn’t even mention lawsuit
reform, one really must question how interested he is in finding
a bipartisan solution. Senate Republicans want to work with Governor
Henry to find common ground on lawsuit reform, but we’re not
willing to take the “reforms” out of lawsuit reform
just to get him to sign a bill
“It was also disappointing that the governor didn’t
talk about keeping the commitment made to taxpayers last session
to reduce the income tax to 5.25% in January 2009. With the national
economy slowing down, the Legislature and the governor need to do
our part to keep Oklahoma’s economy by providing more tax
relief,” stated Coffee.
“Streamlining government and making it more accountable,
efficient and effective will be a major priority for the Legislature
this year. I wish the governor would have discussed this important
issue in his State of the State address,” he said.
Coffee said he appreciated the governor’s call to fully fund
the Department of Corrections. However, Coffee questioned why the
governor proposed increasing funding for drug courts, but did not
proposed reforms for the program. An independent performance audit
determined drug courts are failing to divert drug offenders from
prison and have not resulted in the savings that were promised.
Coffee said he hopes the governor will support Senate Republicans’
plan to dedicate more of existing motor vehicle taxes to fix our
roads and bridges.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636