Oklahoma’s Governor is the head of state and the elected representative with the single biggest role in shaping economic and budget policy.
Mary Fallin is Oklahoma’s 27th Governor. She entered office in January 2011 and her first term ends January 2015.
Fallin served as Lt. Governor from 1995-2007 and represented Oklahoma’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007-2011.
The Governor prepares the state budget, which must be approved by the legislature. The governor has line-item veto powers, which can only be overridden by a super-majority vote in the legislature.
Many of the Governor’s appointees directly influence state economic, financial and budgetary issues.
In 2011, Gov. Fallin was face with a roughly $400 million deficit. Her $6.3 billion FY 2012 state budget included 3 percent cuts to Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety and up to 5 percent in cuts to other agencies.
Gov. Fallin is a proponent of reducing or eliminating the personal income tax and has pledged efforts to restructure and reform the state tax system.
‘Oklahoma Tribes Join Oil and Gas Industry In Support of Gov. Mary Fallin for Interior Secretary’
Chickasaws Plan a Hotel-Casino at Lake Texoma After Failed Attempt to Privatize State Resort
A decade after the state-run Texoma Lodge and Resort was sold to a private company that never fulfilled its promise to develop a multi-million dollar resort there, Gov. Mary Fallin and the Chickasaw Nation on Thursday announced plans for the tribe to build a resort hotel and casino instead.
Fallin Gave Southeast Oklahoma a Seat on Water Board, But Skips Deadline to Fill It
Southeast Oklahoma has many of the state’s largest lakes and rivers and most of the state’s water, but no one from the area serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the state’s water regulator. A 2013 law requires the area to have representation. But, so far, that hasn’t happened.
Oklahoma Has Highest Potential for Earthquakes, New USGS Forecast Shows
Gov. Fallin Taps Emergency Account to Fund Research and Regulation of Oil-Linked Earthquakes
The money is going to a pair of agencies tasked with researching the earthquake surge and regulating the oil and gas activities likely causing it.
The multi-agency effort to rein in Oklahoma’s earthquake boom has been hampered for years with incomplete information about faults and formations, and inconsistent data from the operators of disposal wells linked to the shaking.
New Study on Historical Shaking Suggests a Century of Oil and Gas Earthquakes in Oklahoma
Energy Executives Pushed Gov. Fallin for More Love in Public Remarks, Emails Show
As Oklahoma Officials Resist, Utilities On Path to Comply With Federal Emission Cuts
Unit No. 3 is buzzing with construction workers who are installing environmental upgrades to make the coal-fired operation run cleaner.
Why Obama’s Clean Power Plan Could Mean Opportunity for Some Industries in Oklahoma
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government. But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say.