Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Futures Sets Legislative Agenda for '93

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Futures Sets Legislative Agenda for '93

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Oklahoma Futures members established a list of nine proposals to recommend for action by the 1993 Legislature.

The board stopped short of setting any order of priority to recommend, although it appeared some of the first items discussed received the most emphasis. The action was taken during the January meeting of Oklahoma Futures at the Department of Commerce offices in Oklahoma City.

Futures Co-chairman Doug Fox of Tulsa proposed five of the recommendations. A rerun of a 1992 recommendation that Oklahoma's workers compensation system undergo a complete reformation. Legislation to restructure the membership of Oklahoma Futures to include more private sector representatives and change quorum requirements. Adoption of a state incentives plan for new and expanding business and industry, generally following guidelines proposed by a statewide business incentives review team working with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and reported to the governor. Revival of a former recommendation by Oklahoma Futures that the Legislature establish a common school matching grant incentive technology improvement program. Private and business grants would be solicited to buy equipment such as computers to update teaching technology under the proposal, Fox said. Fox also proposed the Oklahoma Legislature be asked to authorize a pilot agency funding program appropriating a fixed sum of money based on performance of the agency. Oklahoma Department of Commerce would serve as the pilot project for devising a new system of funding state agencies.

The department would be operated similar to a private business under a board of directors, Oklahoma Futures. Its funding would be based on approval of a detailed budget and business plan presented by Futures and the governor, he said. Revision of the state's personnel and classification system in general conformance with a proposal by Gov. David Walters in his State of the State Message to the Legislature Tuesday was proposed by Rep. …

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