STATEMENT: McCall Responds to State of the State
OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, today released a statement following Gov. Kevin Stitt's State of the State Address:
"In today's State of the State speech, Gov. Stitt laid out an ambitious plan for Oklahoma. The House has been proactively addressing many of the issues Gov. Stitt identified as priorities, and we are ready to work with our colleagues in the Senate and executive branch as we craft legislation that provides benefits for all Oklahomans.
The House is proud to have led the way on education reform, and thankful that the governor has joined us in supporting Oklahoma students, teachers and parents. During previous sessions, the House has addressed important education issues such as parental choice and school funding through the successful implementation of open transfer policies, the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund and historic public school funding increases. Parents have the right to have a say in their child's educational journey, students should have every opportunity to succeed and our teachers need the support necessary to excel in the classroom. The House will continue to make sure any education policy passed works well in all parts of our state.
During the previous regular session, and in a special session, the House passed multiple bills aimed at addressing inflation and allowing Oklahomans to keep more of their hard-earned money. We are once again committed to getting meaningful inflation relief through the legislative process and to the governor's desk.
The House has made it clear that investing in infrastructure, workforce development and rural broadband are priorities, and will set Oklahoma up for success both now and in the future. We have proactively addressed these issues over multiple sessions, and will build on those past successes again this year.
From teacher pay to agency accountability, from federal overreach to the expansion of broadband, from tax cuts to addressing workforce issues, the House continues to lead the way as the body of government closest to the people of Oklahoma. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate, and Gov. Stitt, to continue achieving meaningful outcomes for the citizens of our state."