CAN Priorities

 2017 Chamber Action Network (CAN) Priorities

Economic Development & Taxation

  • Support retaining the state’s effective economic & community development programs, which are critical in attracting new businesses to the state, encouraging investment in local communities and assisting in expansion of existing companies
  • Encourage tax policies that stimulate and advance small business growth in our economy as well as the revitalization of rural Oklahoma
  • Support every effort to level the playing field between community retailers and online merchants through effective enforcement in the collection of sales taxes
  • Support tax reform that grows Oklahoma’s economy and is fair to all business
  • Promote diversification of Oklahoma’s economy through policies that will grow technology and knowledge-based industries

Education & Workforce Development

  • Support programs that align Oklahoma’s education system to serve the needs of the state’s current and future workforce to ensure that every child is college and career ready upon graduation
  • Support funding for Oklahoma’s career technology and higher education campuses to ensure affordable tuition for our citizens and encourage the growth of our jobs and our economy

Government Modernization and Pension Reform

  • Support bringing Oklahoma into compliance with the REAL ID Act to ensure that Oklahoma families and businesses are able to travel, access services and engage in commercial activity without unnecessary cost and burdens
  • Support pension reforms that sustainably fund governments’ commitment to its employees and protect the financial stability of Oklahoma’s state and local governments

Health Care

  • Support efforts to enhance the access and affordability of health care through increasing the number of those retaining insurance and strengthening statewide healthcare systems
  • Support programs like the Insure Oklahoma premium assistance program that are designed to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses while assuring the program’s long-term stability and funding
  • Support the retention of viable employer-sponsored health insurance and encourage efforts to provide stability in the health insurance market
  • Support the use of an independent cost-benefit analysis to accompany any proposed health insurance benefit mandate

    Infrastructure & Transportation

    • Preserve Oklahoma's state highway funding and protect the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan as a primary component for the safety and well-being of our citizens as well as the growth and sustainability of the state's economy
    • Support initiatives that direct transportation user fees to be utilized for transportation purposes

    Lawsuit and Workers’ Compensation Reform

    • Continue to develop changes in Oklahoma’s civil justice system that will make it more fair and responsive to the needs of business
    • Continue to support and improve upon the comprehensive workers’ compensation reform of 2013 which has reduced costs for businesses and improved the overall health outcomes for injured workers

    Natural Resources

    • As part of an all-inclusive energy approach, support a stable and reliable tax structure for all energy development that protects existing investment and promotes new capital investment in Oklahoma
    • Oppose unnecessary legislative or regulatory intrusion into the energy industry
    • Support the development of alternative energy resources to complement the use and development of oil and natural gas
    • Ensure that Oklahoma water laws, policies and regulations meet the needs of Oklahoma’s citizens; assure that adequate water supplies meet the future requirements of business and industry needed for growth and development