TULSA, Oklahoma (June 1, 2018) – The Kevin Stitt for Governor campaign announced a new TV ad today in the Republican primary for Governor of Oklahoma titled: “In the Dark,” themed on Kevin Stitt’s campaign commitment to deliver accountability and transparency to state government.
“In the dark, that’s where Oklahoma City’s career politicians want to keep you so you won’t know how they spend and waste your tax dollars – $22 billion every year,” opens the narrator. “As governor, Kevin Stitt will shine a light on government spending, posting every penny of state government spending online so you know where your taxes go and we can cut government waste.”
Stitt is campaigning to bring accountability and transparency to state government by putting Oklahoma’s checkbook online, firing poor performing agency heads, and conducting regular audits of all state agencies and applying performance metrics to each agency. The TV ad promotes his plan with a new website: www.OKTurnaround.com.
On May 19, Stitt published an op-ed about Oklahoma’s recent D+ rating for online budget transparency, placing the state, once again, in the Bottom Ten of a crucial category.
In the op-ed, Stitt said, “Thanks to an audit, the $30 million once lost by the Oklahoma Department of Health is now found again. It is impossible to comprehend how agency heads could be this disconnected from their budgets, but there is a simple, cost effective solution to help it not happen again. It’s time we put Oklahoma’s checkbook online.
“Oklahoma politicians have promised for years to bring transparency and accountability to the state budget, yet they have failed to give taxpayers even the simplest, most cost-efficient tool to deliver their promise – the Internet.”
On the campaign trail, Stitt speaks about his business experience of conducting regular audits and applying performance metrics to his various departments to create efficiencies, root out waste, and deliver measurable results. Stitt ties this to the need for state government to operate more like a business by prioritizing accountability and efficiency in delivering core serves with Oklahomans hard-earned tax dollars.