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Governor vetos bill that would have required economic impact study of Highway 69 bypass

Governor vetos bill that would have required economic impact study of Highway 69 bypass

Wagoner County American-Tribune
Updated May 11, 2018  

A bill to provide economic protection to small communities like Wagoner, Pryor and Muskogee by requiring impact studies of transportation projects, like the Highway 69 bypass plan, was vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday.

According to a statement from State Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, legislators and thousands of citizens, business and community leaders in Muskogee are outraged by the decision by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) decision to construct a bypass along U.S. Highway 69, which could cost the community millions in lost business, tourism and tax revenue in the future.

David and Rep. George Faught authored Senate Bill 86 to require ODOT to conduct economic impact studies of local communities before proceeding with any bypass projects in the state to ensure that the projects did not negatively impact those communities financially.

“I’m extremely disappointed by Gov. Fallin’s veto of this important bill. Her reasoning for vetoing the bill is because it transfers transportation projects decision making from ODOT to local municipalities,” David said. “I respectfully would like to remind the Governor that those municipalities are made up of the very taxpayers who pay for these road projects so they should absolutely have a say and especially when a project could cost their community millions of dollars in business, tourism and tax revenue... FULL ARTICLE

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