McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

State House

October 15, 2010

Governor candidates show similarities, differences

OKLAHOMA CITY — The two gubernatorial candidates have traveled nearly to every corner of the state in the past few months. From campaigning at county fairs or before local business groups, Democrat Jari Askins and Republican Mary Fallin want to prove they are best suited to address the many issues facing the state.

Askins and Fallin show similarities in their positions of opposing tax increases and making job growth their No. 1 priority. But the two candidates clash on issues such as strategies to cut spending and challenging federal policies.

Creating jobs

Norman resident Don Griffith said he watched many friends and family members lose jobs since the state’s unemployment rate climbed from 3.5 percent in 2008 to 6.8 percent now. He said he worries if the state is not proactive, employers will not be convinced to start hiring again.

• Askins said jobs are not created at “21st and Lincoln” referring to the state Capitol. However, she said the state’s top focus should be to retain jobs and prepare students to enter high-paying careers.

“We’ve done this in areas such as biomedicine research and aerospace,” she said. “But we still need to continue efforts that will encourage students to go into engineering and high-tech research that is important to the knowledge-based jobs that will help us raise our per capita income levels.”

• Fallin said the state could prevent job losses and potentially woo new employers by creating a more business friendly culture in the state. She said this could be done by keeping taxes low, improving workers’ compensation programs, creating better tort reform and boosting career-targeted education efforts.

“We need to addressing the impediments of cost drivers (to businesses) as I call it,” she said. “We also need to be focusing on education, because a stronger workforce means a stronger economy.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
State House
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.