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February 2012

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Job Creation, Innovation and Education:  My 2012 Agenda

On the first day of the legislative session the governor has the privilege of delivering the “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Oklahoma legislature. This gives the governor a unique opportunity to report on the overall health of the state and to introduce a forward-thinking agenda. The following are excerpts from my State of the State address, in which I outline a plan help create more and better jobs, eliminate government waste, improve our schools and the quality of our workforce, and focus on innovative solutions to several problems facing the state.

A bold plan for income tax reduction

“The Oklahoma Tax Reduction and Simplification Act will immediately cut income taxes for Oklahomans in all tax brackets, simplify the tax code, and chart a course towards the gradual elimination of the income tax.

“Our plan is a game-changer for Oklahoma. It’s a job-creator. And it provides broad based tax relief to the middle class without starving government or hurting the working poor.” 

Increasing government efficiency and eliminating waste:

“Beginning in 2012, we are initiating a statewide performance evaluation initiative to apply to every state agency.

“Under current law, state agencies are required to submit a strategic plan that includes goals and proposals for increased efficiency and improved services. Unfortunately, these plans have not, historically, been carefully scrutinized. …

“My office and the Office of State Finance will begin evaluating each and every one of these plans and will use new software and technologies that measure performance and efficiency and align expenditures with outcomes. That analysis will help us to right-size government and ensure that each agency is operating as effectively as possible.”

Improving our schools and boosting our workforce:

“We know that a majority of the jobs created in the next decade will require either a college education or a career certificate from one of our Career Technology centers. …

“That’s why we have set a goal to increase the number of college graduates from 30,500 degrees and certificates awarded annually to 50,900.”

Saving taxpayer dollars through energy efficiency

“… Oklahoma is currently ranked as one of the least energy efficient states in the country, which translates to hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer money.

“To address that waste and dramatically improve our ranking, I’m asking our lawmakers to send me a bill requiring every state agency and higher education institution to reduce energy consumption by 12 percent by the year 2020.”

Improving Oklahoma’s roads and bridges

“Unfortunately, [Oklahoma has] some of the worst bridges in the nation.

“That’s why last year I proposed a plan that will fix all 706 of Oklahoma’s structurally deficient state highway bridges by 2019 … moving Oklahoma from the list of worst-bridges in the country to the best.  …

“… To fund that plan, I have proposed in my budget an additional investment in the form of a $15 million increase to ODOT … paid for by using road money for roads, rather than diverting it to general revenue, as has been the practice in the past.”

Creating a healthier Oklahoma

“It’s time to address [Oklahoma’s health problems] …

“To do that, I have first signed an executive order to prohibit tobacco use on all state property.

“We are also going to close the smoking room at the State Capitol and transform it into a small fitness center. To fund this transformation, the state has already applied for a grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, which the Oklahoma Hospital Association has generously agreed to match it.”

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Free Document Shredding at the State Capitol for Oklahoma Consumer Protection Day

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Shred-it® will be providing free document shredding on Thursday at the State Capitol during Oklahoma Consumer Protection Day. Free shredding will be available for the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Capitol’s south lawn.

Inside the Capitol on the second floor, consumer experts and local, state and federal law enforcement officials will be on hand to answer questions on how to avoid fraud, scams and identity theft. Attorney General Pruitt also will announce this year’s recipient of the Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award.

“Shredding financial and personal documents is a necessary step in avoiding costly identity theft, which unfortunately hits thousands of residents and families across Oklahoma each year,” Pruitt said. “This is a serious crime that can have long-lasting consequences. It’s crucial for consumers to be aware and take precautionary measures.”

Below are tips from the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit to help avoid ID theft:

  • Never give personal information over the telephone unless you have made the call;
  • Destroy documents with credit card or bank account information;
  • Destroy pre-approved credit card applications;
  • If you order pre-printed checks, pick them up at the bank rather than having them mailed;
  • Check your credit report once a year;
  • Monitor bank and credit card accounts more than once a month;
  • Only shop online at secure websites; and
  • Never use information such as birthdates, last four digits of your social security number or phone numbers as pin numbers or passwords on accounts.

For more information on how to avoid identity theft or to report fraud, go online to www.oag.ok.gov, call (405) 521-2029 or e-mail PublicProtection@oag.ok.gov.

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Pinterest of Interest, But Feds Not Yet Sold On It

The Pinterest social media service is rapidly gaining in popularity on the Web, and federal agencies are starting to take notice.

Pinterest.com is a bookmarking and linking social website where users can create a bulletin board of interesting photographs, graphics, videos and news digitally "pinned" to their page, and easily share those links with others.

As of Feb. 6, no federal agencies were active on Pinterest, and there were no terms of service approved for federal agencies available for the site at the Apps.gov website.

The General Services Administration "probably won't pursue a Terms of Service agreement [with Pinterest] until there is more of a groundswell," the GSA's NewMedia office tweeted on Jan. 6, according to a recent GovLoop article on Pinterest.

While some federal agencies might not be a good fit for Pinterest, others could benefit from its format and its rising popularity, GovLoop said.

Indeed, the service does seem to have some potential as a way to generate interest. In January 2012,  3.6 percent of Web traffic referrals came from Pinterest, up from 2.5 percent in December, according to a Feb 1 article in SearchEngineWatch.com.

Pinterest was fourth in overall traffic, following Facebook, with 26.4 percent; StumbleUpon, with 5.1 percent; and Twitter, with 3.6 percent. Pinterest ranked higher than LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube as a source of referrals.

Pinterest also more than tripled the number of users on the site between September and December 2011, to 7 million, the article said. The growth was achieved even though participation on the website currently is by invitation only.


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How Do I Easily Find Answers to my Tax Questions? 
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How Do I View the 2012 Legislative Session Video Feeds? 
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March 4, 2012
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