Comments from Senator Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater
“We stand behind the commitment that Senate Leadership made to the college presidents last spring and remain in support of the $500 million higher education bond issue. We also believe it’s important to make passage of this legislation one of the first priorities when the Legislature convenes next month.
“The economic development impact of this bond issue goes far beyond the 4,000 initial construction jobs and the $700 million that projects themselves will pump into Oklahoma’s economy.
“Creating a better learning environment will help produce more college graduates in Oklahoma and expanding the research capabilities of our colleges and universities will create a growing number of jobs in the private sector.
“Higher education is an economic development engine and we need to fuel that engine.”