State of Oklahoma Archives: on Jobs


Connie Johnson: Higher minimum wage plus business incubators

Government policies affect business environment and employee wages. The minimum wage should be increased to a level that is fair to businesses, employees and taxpayers. Develop public and private resources to connect economic and workforce development functions such as career pathways, educational incubators; and apprenticeship programs. Embracing innovation-based economic development.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Senatorial website ConnieForGovernor.com Oct 15, 2017

Mike Workman: Raise minimum wage to $10.10 now & $15 later

Raise minimum wage: phase out exemptions, raise to at least $10.10 an hour, index to inflation, then work towards a livable wage of $15 an hour.

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.

Source: 2016 OK Senate campaign website facebook/Workman-4-Oklahoma Aug 8, 2016

Joe Dorman: Minimum wage affects older workers, not just young singles

Criticism is mounting regarding Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities and towns from increasing the minimum wage to an amount higher than that of the state. The state has adopted the federal rate of $7.25. Fallin signed Senate Bill 1023 that prevents the increase. Fallin issued a statement saying, "Obama and his Oklahoma surrogates 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.

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.

Source: Tulsa World on 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Apr 18, 2014

Mary Fallin: Prohibit cities from increasing the minimum wage

Criticism is mounting regarding Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities & towns from increasing the minimum wage to an amount higher than that of the state. The state has adopted the federal rate of $7.25.

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.

Source: Tulsa World on 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Apr 18, 2014

Mary Fallin: 62,400 new jobs in our state; unemployment at 5.1%

Since January 2011, we've created over 62,400 new net jobs, giving us the fourth highest growth rate in the United States. Unemployment in Oklahoma has been reduced by 30 percent, from 7 percent in 2010 to an enviable 5.1 percent today, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. Our median household income rose in 2011 by $4,000--placing Oklahoma at No. 1 in the country.

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.

Source: 2013 State of the State to Oklahoma Legislature Feb 4, 2013

Mary Fallin: Excessive worker's compensation is a barrier to growth

A large part of our success can be attributed to Oklahoma keeping a laser like focus on reform efforts that remove barriers to economic growth--barriers like frivolous lawsuits, a problem which we tackled through landmark legal reforms. Now malpractice lawsuits are at a 10-year low.

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.

Source: 2013 State of the State to Oklahoma Legislature Feb 4, 2013

Frank Keating: Reform worker’s comp: administrative instead of court-based

We need real workers’ compensation reform now. The system is clearly broken. We’re among the five most costly systems in the nation, yet we were forty-eighth in benefits paid to injured workers. This is nothing less than an added tax on business. It costs us jobs and growth.

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.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

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