Special to Guthrie News Page By: Governor Mary Fallin Teacher salaries need to be increased in the state of Oklahoma. This is a simple fact, especially as we compare our teacher compensation to surrounding states. It’s also obvious when school districts from other states come to our state to hold recruiting drives, such as the […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a “Plan B” budget measure, House Bill 1019X, which now goes to the full Senate for consideration. “I’m very disappointed that we weren’t able to come to an agreement on a way to fix our structural issues within […]
Special to Guthrie News Page By Governor Mary Fallin With the observance of Veterans Day approaching, I’m confident Oklahomans will again demonstrate their patriotic spirit by taking time to honor those who have served to protect our freedoms. Witnessing the deeply held Oklahoma value for veterans by our friends and neighbors is always inspiring to […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill (Senate Bill 860) into law, which closes an $878 million shortfall, maintains common education funding at current levels, and prevents the closings of hospitals and nursing homes. The 2018 fiscal year appropriated budget will be $6,830,177,825. It is $37,782,641, or 0.55 […]
By Governor Mary Fallin April is science and technology month in Oklahoma. What a great time to highlight the emerging computer science scene that is shaping our economy and driving our future.
By Governor Mary Fallin Earlier this month, I introduced a plan to stabilize our state by beginning true, meaningful budget reforms and modernizing our state’s tax laws. It cuts some taxes and raises others. To help our families, I proposed eliminating the state sales tax on groceries, which is expected to result in annual savings […]
This month marks a special anniversary. It’s been a year since I launched an initiative called Oklahoma Fosters, which renewed our efforts to find foster families for the hundreds of children in state custody and coming into state custody.
By Governor Mary Fallin I’m proud to be part of the recently announced water rights settlement agreement among the state of Oklahoma, the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations and Oklahoma City. By choosing cooperation and collaboration over conflict and litigation, this historic agreement strengthens governmental relationships based on the common interests of the state and the […]
By Governor Mary Fallin Special to Guthrie News Page This legislative session certainly lived up to its billing as being challenging. Lawmakers faced a $1.3 billion budget gap, the largest budget hole in state history.
By Governor Mary Fallin Special to Guthrie News Page Improving the health of Oklahomans has been a continuing goal of my administration.
In the moments before several hundred middle and high school students tackled challenging projects at this year’s Oklahoma Engineering Fair in February, they gathered for an opening ceremony.
By Governor Mary Fallin Special to Guthrie News Page I can still remember the late-night telephone calls. My mom worked for the Department of Human Services and was needed to deal with an emergency placement of a child. As my mom prepared to leave, I would hope there would be a safe home to take […]
As February begins, so too does another legislative session in Oklahoma. This year I had the honor of giving my sixth State of the State address, delivering my executive budget and outlining an agenda for forward progress and economic growth.
The New Year has arrived, which means many Oklahomans have made resolutions and personal goals for themselves for 2016. Include me among them. I’m working on goals for the upcoming legislative session, and in next month’s column I’ll outline some of my plans for the state. But for now I’d like to go over just […]