By MIKE NEAL
President and CEO Tulsa Regional Chamber
A coalition of business leaders recently set aside partisan differences and presented an admirable effort to resolve Oklahoma’s budget crisis. Our fiscal situation will only improve once our state’s elected representatives and business leaders join together and strive for a budget that appropriately funds core government services. We commend the efforts of Step Up Oklahoma in bringing forward revenue and reform solutions.
In particular, we applaud Tulsa-area executives for their leadership on this initiative: Phil Albert, president of Pelco Structural; Alan Armstrong, president and of Williams; Ken Lackey, chairman of NORDAM; Tucker Link, founder and chairman of Knightsbridge Investments; and Jody Parker, of Anchor Stone.
The effort has been quickly embraced by a number of business leaders across northeast Oklahoma. The Chamber’s executive committee will meet to engage more fully with the plan’s details. We look forward to working with legislators and business and community leaders to devise long-term solutions that benefit all Oklahomans.