Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb visited Altus on Friday for a multipurpose visit.
During Lamb’s term one of his top priorities has been to travel at lease once a year to each of the 77 Oklahoma counties for town hall meetings. Lamb is no stranger to Jackson, Kiowa, Harmon, Tillman and Greer counties and more than 115 people attended the Hobart town-hall meeting.
“While in Hollis at the Jeff Sanders sale barn, we discussed policies and it was a good stop,” Lamb said.
According to Lamb, there are no better Legislators than those currently working on the budget in the state Congress.
“As I travel the state, I hear about many issues — education, Medicaid, infrastructure and veterans, just to name a few — and they are all important and challenging issues,” Lamb said. “Like we always have, Oklahoma will come out strong. We’ve faced challenges before, whether it was in the 1970s or 80s, and we rebounded. What is challenging is when we have an economy that is so closely tethered to a commodity price, particularly when those that set the commodity price, and I am talking about energy, don’t like us, they are not really our allies, but that is not an excuse.”
Lamb suggested a solution to the current economic woes so that Oklahoma might not feel the pinch of the fickle and fluctuating market.
“…the next time we face a high carbon or low commodity price, we must be better insulated as a state,” Lamb said. “We must cast a long-term vision to diversify our economy — invest in our core services — so that our future generations may stay in Oklahoma.”
The culmination of Lamb’s visit was on the campus of Western Oklahoma State College, where he was the keynote speaker delivering a message to the graduating class of 2016.
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