Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 11, 2009
Sen. Randy Brogdon
Sen. Brogdon Asks Governor and State Leaders
to be Fiscally Responsible
State Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) called today for
the governor and state leaders to exercise fiscal responsibility
and common sense when dealing with the state’s budget woes.
Brogdon also cautioned using stimulus funds and raiding the Rainy
Day Fund to fill the budget holes.
“There’s no such thing as free money,” Brogdon
said. “These stimulus dollars have strings attached and the
noose is tightening around the future generations – our children
Brogdon cited recent actions by Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the United States Senate pointing out
waste in stimulus projects.
“We’re giving hard-earned tax dollars to universities
to study the hierarchy of ants in a colony. Also tax dollars are
given to beauty colleges, dry cleaners, liquor stores, coffee shops,
welding schools and horse riding academies.” said Brogdon.
“That sort of reckless spending is what got our country into
the position we are currently in.”
Brogdon said he was “glad to be fighting government waste”
along with Coburn.
Brogdon reminded legislators they are spending money that really
belongs in the pocketbooks of taxpayers, including the economically
“The government tells us they are looking out for the little
guy when, in fact, it is the little guy from whom they are stealing,”
said Brogdon. “They’re spending the money seniors could
be using for medicine and money that families should be using to
buy food and school supplies.
“This is money Oklahomans should be using to pay their heating
bills this winter,” he added.
Addressing the impending special session, Brogdon is calling on
the governor to avoid political expediency and, instead, address
the real issue facing the legislature, budget cuts.
“Our state leaders are looking to dip into the state’s
savings account in order to offset budget cuts they know are coming
anyways,” he said. “During my service in the State Senate,
I have consistently fought for fiscal responsibility and this is
not fiscally responsible.”
Brogdon said spending the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and piling
on more stimulus credit rather than facing the reality of budget
cuts, would further impair the state.
“We’re looking at a billion dollar budget hole,”
he said. “No amount of wishful thinking should keep us from
making hard decisions to cut the budget”
For more information contact:
Sen. Brogdon: 405-521-5566