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Chamber looks at railroad overpass as legislative goal

Chamber looks at railroad overpass as legislative goal

March 19, 2009

EDMOND (JR) – A budget allocation for a railroad overpass on Kelly Avenue between Memorial Road and 33rd Street is the main priority in the Edmond Chamber of Commerce’s legislative goals.

Transportation, business growth, budget reform and education are the main areas of the agenda.

Other issues of interest include workers’ compensation reform and opposing proposed legislation to allow college students to carry concealed weapons on campus.

“While developing our legislative agenda for 2009, we involved all key players in the community, in a dialogue with our elected officials, which included representatives from the city of Edmond, local businesses and different educational outlets,” said Ken Moore, president and CEO of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

For business growth, the chamber supports relocation and creating new offices for the State Medical Examiner’s Office near the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation facility in Edmond.

The Edmond business group supports increased funding for a closing fund – the Opportunity Fund – to provide added incentives for companies providing significant new employment in targeted industry sectors, revamping the Quality Jobs Program to simplify the program, rewarding the creation of better-paying jobs and providing high-impact incentives for mega projects and strengthening access to career technology programs and services for employers.

For budget reform, the chamber opposes unfunded or underfunded legislative mandates that can affect education, business and municipal operating budgets.

Education issues supported by the chamber include full equity funding for the University of Central Oklahoma, supplemental appropriations to address unfunded mandates for common education, career technology and higher education and improving funding for the Teachers Retirement System.

The chamber supports expanding health care benefits for families of education staff and support employees and a constitutional amendment to allow local school district voters the option to pass general obligation bonds by a simple majority.

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