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Where Oklahoma's economic recovery is already underway (OPINION)

Where Oklahoma's economic recovery is already underway (OPINION)

The Oklahoman
BY DEVERY YOUNGBLOOD
Published: Sun, March 29, 2020 1:25 AM

While the world staggers from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, an essential component of Oklahoma’s economic recovery is underway.

Following a growing list of states, as well as guidance from the federal government, Oklahoma has classified construction activity as an “essential business,” ensuring it isn't disrupted if mandatory isolation expands. Building roads, highways, and other critical infrastructure is vital to the public in both the short and long term, which is why that work is one of the 16 “Critical Infrastructure Sectors” listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Work is being done in full compliance with efforts to battle COVID-19.

Multiple projects in Oklahoma make construction an “essential business.” Where would we be without the life-saving improvements of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, as well as paving, infrastructure, and building projects in our cities and counties? Economic value from those activities is crucial to Oklahoma’s recovery. These developments require massive equipment, planning, and man-hours to produce and cannot be easily stopped and restarted. They provide jobs and tax revenue now and many multipliers of economic activity later. Public jobs are already secured and funded, which means a critical foundation to our economic recovery is underway even as the health crisis continues... FULL ARTICLE

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