Strengthen and improve Affordable Health Care [ObamaCare] and work towards universal coverage. I will support major efforts for a healthier workforce and citizenry with a new national effort to cure most forms of cancer in our lifetime. More diverse and better economic development in clean industries such as tourism and the arts.
Her Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Rep. Joe Dorman, said the demographics of those earning minimum wage are very different than "Fallin's fantasy world."
"Most are older working people working low-paying or multiple jobs just to get by," he said. Oklahoma has the nation's third-highest rate of people working at or below the minimum wage, Dorman's campaign said. Almost a quarter of Oklahoma jobs pay a low wage, the campaign said.
Fallin signed Senate Bill 1023 that prevents the increase. It appears to have shuttered efforts to circulate an initiative petition to increase the rate.
President Barack Obama has advocated for increasing the rate to $10.10 an hour. Fallin issued a statement saying Obama's plan ignores economic reality: "President Obama and the Democratic Party believe that on this issue, like on so many others, the government can just mandate prosperity and growth with no consideration of economic reality. Obama and his Oklahoma surrogates say they want to raise the minimum wage to reduce poverty. They are ignoring the fact that most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part time or entry level jobs." Mandating an increase would result in lost jobs, she said.
We have also restored fiscal stability to state government. In January 2011, we had $2.03 in our Rainy Day Fund. Today, we are approaching a record high of over $600 million. We achieved these results by prioritizing our spending, promoting pro-business policies and lowering taxes. Oklahoma's state government has helped our economy to flourish--setting the stage for the job creation and family income growth that has now finally restored the state's economy to 2008, pre-recession job levels.
Barriers to growth also include excessive workers compensation costs. For decades, out-of-control workers' compensation costs have been a burden on those doing business in Oklahoma. While recent reforms have effectively worked to reduce the total costs of claims, more needs to be done. I am committed to working with the House and Senate to pursue additional reforms that lower costs for businesses while treating injured workers fairly.
Previous reforms have helped, but now is the time for the next step in real reform. Replace the costly and anachronistic court system with a speedy, fair administrative system, as is the case in forty-seven other states.
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