OKLA. CITY —
To the Editor:
In a recent column, Oklahoma Rep. Jason Murphy (“How a no vote solved gas tax problem,” The Edmond Sun, April 30, 2013) commended the wise and educated voters of Oklahoma for seeing through the 2005 fuel tax increase and demanding more action of our state policy makers. With the recent work of our elected officials, along with the Department of Transportation, our roads and bridges have seen much improvement during the past couple of years.
I have seen first-hand Oklahoma’s policy makers roll up their sleeves and demand the government use the designated motor vehicle tax revenue to improve our state’s structurally deficient roads and bridges and I praise them for their work.
Because our legislators have had to be more resourceful with funds, there is more competition among those providing services within the roads and bridges construction industry. Member companies of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) are taking all possible steps to ensure roads and bridges are built and rebuilt better than ever, faster than ever and for the absolute best deal. This work is in direct response to Oklahoma’s policy makers who have demanded our money be spent in the way it was intended without increasing taxes.
The work of Rep. Murphy and Oklahoma legislators has been one of dedication and hard work. Both member companies of AOGC and residents and visitors alike are noticing their time and efforts on this issue.
Working alongside the Department of Transportation on the Eight Year Improvement Plan, Oklahoma’s road and bridges are certain to be transformed within a timely manner using already allocated funds, without taking more money out of the hands of Oklahomans.
BOBBY STEM is executive director of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors.
OKLA. CITY —
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Daniel writes of growing pains
Richard Daniel is an Oklahoma native who has recently returned to the state after retiring from a 28-year career in law enforcement in California. He also served in the U.S. military and acted in several movies and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
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