President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 2, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM COFFEE
RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
“As always, the governor’s
speech was positive and forward looking, and we appreciate his
willingness to work with the legislature to see our state through
our current challenges.
“We all know our nation’s economy is
struggling, and states across the nation face tight budget years.
While we’re fortunate that Oklahoma does not face the cataclysmic
crisis of many other states, we face some very real issues. We
stand ready to work with the House and the Governor to provide
Oklahomans a balanced budget that is efficient, provides the essential
services we need, and moves our state forward.
“During these tough economic times, it is
encouraging to see that the governor agrees we should avoid raiding
the Rainy Day Fund, but he was light on specifics on how he plans
to deal with the budget shortfall. I do endorse his position of
holding Public Safety, Transportation and Education harmless in
the budget process, which will make our challenge all the greater
regarding other areas of need this year.
“In the current financial scenario, we have
an opportunity to look at various areas of government and determine
the efficiency and effectiveness of agencies and their responsibilities.
Our job as legislators is to be efficient with taxpayer’s
money, and I believe the Office of Accountability and Innovation
will be a good step in that direction.”