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Oklahoma State Senate
Senate District 26
Beckham, Caddo, Greer, Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman and Washita Counties

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2013

Sen. Tom Ivester
Sen. Tom Ivester

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Tom Ivester issues comments on resignation of Energy Secretary Michael Ming

Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Sayre, issued the following comments in response to the announcement today that Oklahoma Energy Secretary Michael Ming would resign his post to head the GE Global Research Center coming to the Oklahoma City area:

“Today, we found out that Energy Secretary Michael Ming, who was surely involved in the effort to bring the GE Global Research Center to Oklahoma, is leaving his post to go head up this new facility.

“The State of Oklahoma handed out more than $3 million in cash payments and tax breaks funded by taxpayer dollars to GE to attract this research facility focused on energy technology. Millions of dollars in cash payments and tax breaks from the Governor’s Closing Fund and the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program were used to close this deal.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Ivester: (405) 521-5545

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