November 20, 2009

RELEASE: With Unemployment Rising, Fallin Says Job Creation Is No. 1 Priority

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mary Fallin, Republican candidate for governor, said that job creation would be her number one priority should she be elected to serve as the state’s next governor.  Her statement came after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its preliminary employment figures. Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is now 7.1 percent, up from 6.8 percent in September.

“My Administration’s first priority will be to create more and better jobs and lead this state towards long term economic recovery and growth,” said Fallin.

“We know we can’t rely on Washington to get us there. The stimulus plan I opposed was a trillion dollar bust, and the Obama administration can’t even tell us where all that money is going. But we can lead the charge for smart, pro-growth policies right here in Oklahoma, and that’s what I’ll do as our next governor.”

Fallin said as governor she would use tax incentives to reward any business that created new jobs in Oklahoma, and would create an environment that encouraged job-growth and economic development.

“Encouraging new businesses to move to Oklahoma is essential, as is supporting those already located here,” said Fallin. “We also need to develop our work force and promote the kind of smart health care reform here in Oklahoma that reduces costs and allows employers to create new jobs with good benefits. “

“Unemployment this high is unacceptable. With the right leadership though, we can get Oklahomans back to work and we can put this state back on track. That’s exactly what I plan to do as governor.”