For the Children
At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, our team was pleased to hear Governor Mary Fallin declare in her State of the State Address on Monday that “we deserve better and our children deserve better too.” With 800,000 young Oklahomans facing an uncertain future, lawmakers and those in positions of influence need to remember the importance of their actions. It is up to advocates to remind them of this from time to time.
Governor Fallin argued throughout her address that it is time for lawmakers to find consensus and compromise, especially on budget solutions. It was clear the theme of her speech was to focus on the future and reverse the mistakes of the past, including some tax cuts. Labeling the beginning of the 2018 session as “a day that we press forward for a better future” and “a historic defining moment before us” resonated with the people in attendance and those of us watching on television.
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