TULSA, Oklahoma – Kevin Stitt, Republican candidate for governor and Oklahoma businessman, announced that he signed the “Oklahoma Taxpayer Platform” pledge, a seven-point platform announced by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn today in a press conference at the state capital.
A signed copy of the platform is available here: https://kevinstitt.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ok-taxpayer-platform-signed.pdf
“I appreciate Tom Coburn’s leadership for putting this important platform together that holds candidates accountable to conservative principles,” said Kevin Stitt. “The priorities listed by Sen. Coburn resonate with the concerns I have heard from Oklahomans at my town halls across all 77 counties. It is why I have made many of these priorities central to my platform for governor.
“We need more accountability in government, regular audits of all state agencies, and line item budgeting. We need to give more responsibility to the governor to fire poorly performing state agency leaders. We need people leading our agencies that are experienced professionals and are not part of the good-old-boy political system. Only an outsider with business experience can make this happen; it is what I have been doing in my company for nearly 20 years.
“Second, we need fair taxation, one that drives competition and diversifies our economy. This will require full tax reform in Oklahoma. The tax package being passed at the Capitol this week will not give teachers a pay raise that is sustainable. We must give teachers a pay raise that makes Oklahoma competitive with our surrounding states, but we need to do this while bringing stability to our budget or else we are going to be faced with a shortfall again within the next decade. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road.
“I am confident Oklahoma can be a Top Ten state, and I believe it starts with a strong leader that is focused on free market, limited government, and individual initiative.”
Kevin Stitt also released the following video which can be viewed below:
Kevin Stitt, a Republican candidate for governor, is the founder and CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group (GMG) based in Tulsa. GMG is one of the nation’s largest privately held mortgage companies and employs more than 1,200 people providing mortgage services in 40 states. Stitt is a fourth-generation Oklahoma, growing up in Norman where his father was a minister. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 19 years and have six children. He is campaigning on a vision to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state by focusing on five pillars: government efficiency, education, growth, infrastructure, and healthcare. For more information go to www.StittForGovernor.com.