By Rep. Mike Sanders
As the clocks ticks down on 2017, I can’t help but be hopeful that 2018 will be a better year for Oklahomans.
This past year presented some challenges for people in our House District, people throughout the state and for lawmakers at the state Capitol. There’s still plenty of work to do, but things already are looking better for the future.
Revenue in the state is up for 11 of the past 12 months. Employers say they are hiring – manufacturing, oil and gas, wind industries are among those increasing jobs. We’re getting some things cleaned up in our state agencies so they can operate more efficiently, saving taxpayer dollars. New leadership is in place in several areas, and light is shining bright on areas that need further restructuring.
As a new year starts, I resolve to continue working to improve area roads and bridges; to enhance public safety; to continue working towards giving our teachers and state employees a pay raise; and to protect rural hospitals and nursing homes. As a small-government conservative, I will continue to work to ensure core needs are met but to scour for areas of waste and inefficiency.
I want to take this time to thank each of my constituents who have reached out to me in the past year to offer prayers or suggestions, voice concerns or ask for help. I value this input. With your help, I am able to better serve all the people in House District 59. Thank you for allowing me to be your voice at the state Capitol. Please know I will continue to strive to always to the right thing for you and for Oklahoma.
I wish each one of you a happy and prosperous New Year, one filled with hope and opportunity to live life at its best.