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OneVoice Agenda

The annual OneVoice process is a regional advocacy effort led by the Tulsa Regional Chamber. The OneVoice coalition includes more than 75 partners across the region, including city and county governments, chambers of commerce, economic development groups and education institutions.
 
The process includes an annual legislative agenda with 15 state and 15 federal policies that guide the Chamber's advocacy efforts. Click below to jump to a section.
 

State priorities

Ensuring a Prosperous Economy

Educated & Healthy Workforce

Infrastructure Critical to Business

Federal priorities

 

Ensuring a Prosperous Economy

Educated & Healthy Workforce

Infrastructure Critical to Business

 

State Priorities

Ensuring a Prosperous Economy

Northeast Oklahoma companies depend on a business-friendly climate to grow and prosper. Policymakers should preserve and expand programs that accelerate growth while removing or mitigating barriers that inhibit it.

 

Sales tax is a volatile revenue source, but state law requires cities to operate almost entirely on it. Neighboring municipalities are forced to vie for retail development just to pay for basic services like police officers and firefighters. By diversifying revenue sources, Oklahoma communities could better collaborate rather than compete.

Oklahoma sales tax collections, 2007-present

Source: Oklahoma Tax Commission

 

Tourism in Oklahoma
Direct spending by year, in billions

Source: Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company

 

Tourism presents a unique opportunity for Oklahoma to capture out-of-state dollars to fund core services. As the third largest industry in the state, tourism generates significant tax revenue. Under Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma has embarked on a branding and marketing initiative to promote the state as a travel destination to national audiences. Increasing the number of in-bound visitors will bolster the financial stability of Oklahoma’s cities and towns and strengthen their ability to improve infrastructure.

Oklahoma policymakers have several tools with which to spur economic growth. Incentives, tax credits and exemptions encourage strategic investment from Oklahoma and out-of-state companies. Several programs proposed for review by the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission are critical to the state’s competitiveness and should be protected.

The rapid pace of technological advancement is both a challenge and an opportunity for Oklahoma companies. The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) creates public-private research partnerships that focus resources on innovation with the greatest potential for commercial success in the shortest amount of time. Increasing these resources – the demand for which has outpaced funding – is necessary for Oklahoma businesses to compete in global markets.

State tax credits, exemptions and incentives with a positive economic return

• Historic rehabilitation tax credit
• All quality jobs programs
• Quality events program
• Film enhancement rebate
• Automotive engineering tax credit
• Small business incubator tenant credit
• Opportunity zones
• Oklahoma seed capital fund

 

Oklahoma's prison and jail incarceration rates
Number of people incarcerated in state prisons and local jails per 100,000 people

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

In late 2019, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board announced the single largest commutation in the nation’s history. More than 400 inmates were released, saving taxpayers $11.9 million. The commutation was the direct result of State Question 780, which reduced the penalty of simple drug possession crimes after voters approved the measure in 2016.

Oklahoma should continue the kinds of criminal justice reforms that made this historic commutation possible. The disproportionately high number of Oklahomans with a felony conviction constrains economic growth. Support of continued smart-on-crime policies will improve community safety, reduce recidivism, lessen the burden on prisons and safety net programs, and enable more Oklahomans to meaningfully contribute to the economy.

ONEVOICE PRIORITY

POLICY SOLUTIONS

DIVERSIFY MUNICIPAL FUNDING

• Diversify revenue for funding public safety, streets and other infrastructure improvements
• Preserve and strengthen cities’ authority to promote economic development within their borders

FUND STATEWIDE BRANDING AND MARKETING

• Provide dedicated funding through the Oklahoma Department of Tourism to implement branding and marketing strategies

PROTECT ECONOMIC INCENTIVES

• Protect tax credits, exemptions and incentives that provide an economic return

MEET THE DEMANDS FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN LEADING INDUSTRIES

• Increase investment in OCAST
• Study ways to improve the speed of technology transfer

REFORM OKLAHOMA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

• Support alternatives to incarceration
• Pursue further reforms in sentencing, reentry and rehabilitation
• Invest in treatment and early-diversion efforts for individuals suffering from mental illness and addiction
• Increase access to training and job placement services

 

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