Claremore Daily Progress

October 27, 2013

Lt. Gov. Lamb addresses local Republicans

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE —

Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb spoke to the Rogers County GOP Thursday to rally support for the small business climate in the state.
He spoke to the crowd, which  included Rogers County Treasurer Cathy Pinkerton-Baker, County Clerk Robin Anderson and Commissioner Mike Helm, about his duties as Lt. Governor.
Lamb said he serves as an advocate for small businesses across the state.
“Small business is the backbone of the Oklahoma economy,” Lamb said. “Being an advocate is a role I take very seriously.” 
Lamb said he meets with business owners one on one in each of the 77 counties across the state and hosts town meetings to find out the challenges they face.
“The sun does not set in Oklahoma City or Tulsa alone,” Lamb said. “It rises and sets on all 77 counties. For Oklahoma to have growth, it must have growth in all 77 counties.”
Although he spends a great deal of time traveling to meet with business owners, Lamb said he realizes the role of legislators in the process.
“Zero jobs can be created inside the state Capitol,” Lamb said.
It is the job of public officials to figure out how to solve challenges to growth, he added.
“I want us to have an expectation in Oklahoma to beat the state to the south economically,” Lamb said.
The key to improving the Oklahoma economy is increasing manufacturing while addressing the concerns of business owners, including workers compensation and unemployment, according to Lamb.
Lawmakers are working to address these issues through GOP leadership.
The GOP could now be known as the party “Generating Oklahoma’s Prosperity,” he said. “I want our state to become the state of economic prosperity.”
The state’s unemployment compensation system is under review in an effort to face challenges, according to Lamb.
“We are looking at the way other states have successfully dealt with the issues, including New Mexico’s unemployment policies,” Lamb said.
Lamb said he continues to work with lawmakers and Governor Mary Fallin to bring economic growth in Oklahoma.
“The ultimate business incentive is sound public policy,” Lamb said.