Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Oklahoma City—Lt. Governor Todd Lamb joined State Chamber of Oklahoma President and CEO Fred Morgan and Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance President Chuck Prucha on Tuesday to announce the 2013 Small Business and Small Manufacturer Legislative Agenda.
The agenda stemmed from six Small Business and Small Manufacturer Summits held throughout Oklahoma in 2012. These summits were a partnership between the Lt. Governor’s office, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and were held in the communities of Enid, Tulsa, Durant, Lawton, Bartlesville and Oklahoma City. As Oklahoma’s Small Business Advocate, Lt. Governor Lamb saw the importance of going straight to the source to find solutions. Small business and manufacturers leaders in these various communities provided feedback to the Lt. Governor regarding what barriers should be overcome to grow their business and move Oklahoma forward.
“Small business and small manufacturer owners are on the ground every day working hard to make Oklahoma strong,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “As elected officials, we have the responsibility to remove any impediments to growth that stand in the way of a prosperous Oklahoma. The legislative agenda outlined today specifically addresses these obstacles and provides solutions that small business and small manufacturer owners can make a reality.”
The 2013 Small Business and Small Manufacturer Legislative Agenda includes recommendations in the areas of workers’ compensation, workforce development, taxation/economic development and unemployment compensation. This agenda will be used by small business and manufacturer leaders across the state to lobby the state legislature this legislative session. The agenda is as follows:
“These summits gave us an opportunity to hear directly from Oklahoma business owners about their challenges and impediments to growth,” said Fred Morgan. “It is critical we now take those challenges and work to find legislative solutions to help those businesses succeed, which will grow our state’s economy. That is what this small business agenda is all about. Two of our top legislative priorities this session will be finding a replacement to our broken workers’ compensation system and working to improve our state’s skilled workforce, both of which are a direct result of the input we received at the summits.”
"Small business is the backbone of our state's economy,” said Chuck Prucha. “The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance was pleased to work with Lt. Governor Lamb, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to help create a legislative agenda designed to grow Oklahoma's economy from the ground up, and that begins with our small business and manufacturing community.”
To further engage small business and small manufacturer leaders, the Lt. Governor will also host his annual Small Business Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 1. This day provides the opportunity to dialogue about improvements with legislators and statewide elected officials, build relationships, and learn more about valuable resources that are available to small business.