Monday, Feb.1 marked the first day of the 2021 legislative session, and the spotlight of the first day is always the governor’s State of the State address. It’s his opportunity to look at the challenges and accomplishments of the previous year and to share his policy and budget priorities for the New Year. I was excited to hear Governor Stitt’s remarks, and despite the challenges still ahead, I am optimistic about our ability to continue our rebound and stay on the right trajectory.
One of the things the governor talked about was Oklahoma’s effort to reopen safely and responsibly late last spring. He noted the state’s June unemployment was the fifth lowest in the country. It was 40 percent lower than the national average and almost 60 percent lower than New York. Keeping businesses open and people working is the key to helping our state return to that “normal” everyone wants to see.
He pointed out Oklahoma had completed more than three million tests to date, and that Oklahoma is now seventh in the nation in vaccines administered per capita. While many Oklahomans are still waiting to get their shots, more doses are being shipped, and the governor said more than 356,000 Oklahomans have gotten the vaccine. As of this past Thursday, that number had risen to 375,000.
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