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▼ Guest Commentary... The Hill


to
the
point
Coordinated
disorganization
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... Ignore the flim-flam, and partnerships carry risks, but trillion).
By Stan Stamper President Donald Trump is with proper oversight they can There are other complica-
Feb Publisher offering some good ideas with be a good way to leverage tax tions. Congress has just passed
his infrastructure proposal. dollars. a tax cut that will make it
16 It looks like we can draw the conclusion that
The question is whether it’s Streamlining red tape, difficult for states and cities to
too little, too late. meanwhile, could be a boon raise taxes, yet this infrastruc-
Oklahoma’s legislature could best be characterized
Broadly, the plan envi- for businesses. Trump’s plan ture plan depends on them to
as “coordinated disorganization.”
2018 The legislature went back into session early in
sions spending $200 billion to
stimulate investment by states
would impose deadlines on
regulators to complete envi-
spend more money. And the
bill prioritizes projects based
February and there was great anticipation that prog-
ress would be made on carving out realistic appro- and businesses, with a goal of ronmental reviews and issue on their ability to attract pri-
Page priations to operate Oklahoma’s goverment. restoring roads, bridges and
so on. It also aims to simplify
permits for new projects, while
limiting the number of agen-
vate capital, placing very little
emphasis on their economic
Wrong.
A002 A number of regulation. With customary cies involved in each decision. impact.
legislators seem modesty, the White House Although optimistic by Wash- There’s no denying that
Clip to be looking for calls it “the most comprehen- ington standards — the whole stuff needs fixing. By one
resized a level of opera- sive infrastructure bill in our process, it says, should take no estimate, the U.S. must invest
33% tional perfection Nation’s history.” more than two years — it’s on $2 trillion over the next de-
that is quite rare... Some aspects are indeed the right track. cade to keep its public works
if it exists at all promising. Giving states and That said, the plan has prob- in decent shape. A federal
anywhere in the cities an incentive to spend lems. effort that induced more state
lower 48. more on their own public One is that it’s premised on spending, encouraged public-
It’s OK to want works makes sense, especially a bit of voodoo. It presumes private partnerships, and cut
government to run when borrowing costs are that a $200 billion federal red tape has a lot going for
efficiently, but if you want to throw rocks at ineffi- moderate. Encouraging them outlay would lure $1.3 trillion it. Combine these elements
ciencies, you must be specific and you must be able to impose user fees, such as in outside spending, while of- with an increase in the federal
to articulate your point. tolls, might help control costs fering no plausible evidence. gas tax, in fact, and a fiscally
Despite being very conservative, I don’t like and leave them less reliant on Those new funds would also prudent overhaul starts to look
painting all of state government with a broad brush Washington. be offset by cuts elsewhere, feasible.
expousing that we cannot go forward until we’ve Attracting private invest- including to the transportation Of course, with deficits
bled every last drop of unnecessary spending from ment is likewise a sensible budget, which means the pro- rising and elections looming,
each departmental budget. goal. In addition to boosting posal isn’t offering nearly as the odds of success are long.
In reality, the budget and appropriation processes available funds, it could lead much as advertised. If Trump But credit where it’s due: On
are dynamic undertakings that take months to work to more efficient and inno- wants bipartisan support, he’ll a problem that Congress has
through. Oklahomans want... and need a governor vative projects, and thereby need to accept a bigger up- avoided for too long, this plan
who will call all the department heads together, and reduce public maintenance front investment (the Demo- offers a decent start.
make it crystal clear that WFA (waste, fraud and costs down the road. Such crats, intrepidly, propose $1
abuse) will not be tolerated in their departments.
That actually happened in the early 80s after I had
been appointed by Gov. George Nigh to the Okla- ▼ School Shooting...
homa Aeronautics Commission.
Despite his soft “Good Guy” moniker, Nigh ran a
tight ship and he held a meeting for all state agency Reports say FBI warned about school shooter
heads and commissioners for which attendance “was FBI agents were warned about Nikolas
mandatory,”... sign in required.
Cruz’s plans to become a “professional school Your Congressional Delegation
Gov. Nigh didn’t mince words when he said that
shooter” months ago, according to a YouTube
he would cut no slack to anyone in his administra-
tion who abused the public trust in the performance vlogger who noticed a sick comment on one of
of their duties. his videos.
I took his words quite literally as others should Ben Bennight, a
have. bail bondsman in
That appears to be lacking in the current admini- Mississippi who i*NHPJOHUP
station. Many of the agency heads seem to be over goes by the name
Ben the Bondsman, CFBQSPGFTTJPOBM
their heads with management tasks they cannot
fulfill. The Oklahoma Department of Health, which said that he received TDIPPMTIPPUFSw
Markwayne James Jim
had a $30 million overspend, is a perfect case in a terrifying com- Mullin Lankford Inhofe
point. ment from a user 2nd Dist. Cong. U.S. Senator U.S. Senator
Sadly, Gov. Fallin has appointed other “friends” called Nikolas Cruz
under a video in September. McAlester Tulsa Tulsa
to cabinet positions of importance, who are also 918.423.5951 918.748.5111
lacking in their management skills. “This comment said ‘I’m going to be a Washington, D.C.
Someone once said: “Raindrops make a flood,” professional school shooter” and I knew that I Washington, D.C. 202.224.5754 Washington, D.C.
and that is correct. couldn’t just ignore that,” he said. 202.225.2701 202.224.4721
Bennight said that he flagged the comment to 316 Hart Sen.
It is also true that political mistakes have similar 1113 Longworth Office Bldg. 205 Russell
cumulative consequences... bad consequences, and YouTube and also sent a screenshot to the FBI, House Bldg. Washington, D.C. Senate Bldg.
Oklahoma is dealing with a number of those bad who visited him briefly in September and asked Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C.
consequences presently. him whether he knew the poster. 20515 20510-3603
Even though there are 15-or so candidates in the
current Governor’s race, in our opinion, there are
only three who we could presently support. One of ▼ To The Point... continued For those of you who haven’t been keeping up
with this important race they are: Drew Edmond-
them is a tax-happy Democrat with considerable state government experience. son, Kevin Stitt and Todd Lamb... respectively.
Continued, above Right...—> One is a political newcomer, who has fabricated We will be watching each of these individuals
a very successful multi-million dollar corporation closely in the coming months hoping to see one
Stan Stamper was inducted into the Oklahoma with good thinking and sharpe decision-making. of them “earn” our respect and our vote. We will
Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012. The third is another experienced politician with watch “the field” for a dark-horse political leader.
$2 million in his political war chest. We are hopeful the ultimate winner will ratchet
up the level of operational accountability that
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