I have been keeping an eye on what is happening in seven Statehouses with GOP ladies as Governor or Lt Governor. So far I have not been disappointed. These lady Governors and Lt. Governors are stepping up and even in purple states like Florida and Iowa the people can recognize cream rising to the top no matter that there is an (R) after their name. I do not have much additional commentary to the news articles I link to in this diary. All I can hope for is more please.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin announced that Oklahoma will file a lawsuit against the new healthcare law.
Instead of joining some two dozen states in their lawsuit, Oklahoma will sue on the grounds that the federal healthcare law violates the new constitutional amendment just approved by Oklahoma voters.
State Question 756 changed Oklahoma’s constitution to say Oklahomans can’t be required to participate in any healthcare system.
Fallin made the announcement on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, Oklahoma — I looked this up, too — has an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent, which is far below the national average of 9.6 — or 9.8 I guess is where we are. Why does Oklahoma — why do you — why do you have such a low unemployment rate?
FALLIN: Well, I think Oklahoma is definitely a conservative state, that we have made, I believe, just wiser policy decisions. We’ve got a great economy. We have a low cost of living. We have a low cost of housing. We have an abundance of natural resources. We have a great energy sector. Certainly, agriculture is very strong, strong in small businesses. And I think our legislature has done a very good job of working towards pro-business legislation.
And this is actually one of those, you know, pro-business type issues, holding down health care costs and allowing Oklahoma to be able to innovate and choose how we want to provide health care in our state, letting the free market system work. Oklahoma was on the cutting edge in developing a public-private partnership to help those who couldn’t afford to buy health insurance called Insure Oklahoma, in which the employee, the employer and a federal portion of the money matched together to provide low cost health insurance to those who don’t have good access to health care.
SO we’ve been doing things in our state to help lower health care costs, create better access to health care, and that’s what we want to continue to do. We want the federal government to get out of the way. You know, let the states work their own solution, propose new innovative ideas.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is facing her first big lawsuit after saying the state would try to keep unions out of the Boeing Inc. plant in North Charleston.
“We believe there’s no basis to this suit, and if the machinists are offended that the governor doesn’t think unions are a good thing in South Carolina, they’re just going to have to get used to it,” said Gov. Haley’s spokesman Rob Gregory.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico’s newly elected Gov. Susana Martinez has come out swinging with a budget proposal that would cut spending and close the budget deficit without raising taxes or making cuts to classroom spending or health care for New Mexico’s most vulnerable.
Martinez also stated one of her first priorities is to revoke driver licenses issued to illegal aliens, pointing out since Arizona passed SB 1070, illegal aliens have been pouring in to New Mexico, which does not require proof of citizenship to obtain licenses.
Martinez, who also opposes amnesty, stated, “There has to be another way of dealing with the issue – we cannot just have a path to citizenship created when there are people in line already doing the proper things,” and said she is focused on removing provisions that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver licenses and revoking those already issued.
On Jan. 1, during her inaugural address, Martinez vowed to “shine a light into the dark corners of state government in order to regain the public trust and to ensure that public officials are putting the people’s business first.”
Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
MIAMI – When newly elected Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll would give her first major address as Florida’s highest ranking black official in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. at the Church of the Incarnation in Liberty City, she was on very familiar territory.
So Jennifer Carroll was at home Sunday when she went to the church and was greeted by hundreds of people, including politicians, most of them Democrats, along with dignitaries and a who’s who among Miami’s black elite.
The notables in attendance included her husband’s uncle, Earl Jackson Carroll, who served as the first black Miami-Dade County commissioner from 1968-72. Earl’s son Steven, a Miami resident, was not surprised at the size of the gathering or that many people, including many Democrats, have embraced Jennifer Carroll, who formed half of Republican Rick Scott’s successful gubernatorial ticket.
“She is just the most compassionate, understanding, willing – a born humanitarian,” said Jean Carroll Morley, a retired educator school administrator. The world, she said, is now getting a glimpse of someone who has impressed the family from the beginning.
“She is quite the young lady to be proud of. She knew her priorities when I met her and she knew exactly how to go about attaining her goals and now God has blessed her to attain those goals. We’re just so proud of her success and look forward to her going even further,” Morley said.
Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday named Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to oversee the closing of the Rebuild Iowa Office, an agency created in the wake of record flooding in 2008 that is scheduled to be shut down this summer.
Reynolds told the crowd at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines that “I stand here today as a proud but humble southern Iowa girl.”
She spoke about the importance of family values, education and the Branstad administration’s goal to help improve Iowa’s business environment.
Reynolds, 51, of Osceola, was a longtime Clarke County treasurer before being elected two years ago to the Iowa Senate. Branstad has said Reynolds’ knowledge of local government will help him in shaping policies to boost local economic development and better serve local governments.
“We can use technology to both reduce the size of government and deliver services to Iowans more efficiently,” Reynolds said in her speech. “We can work together – state and local, public and private – to transform the way we deliver services to Iowans.”
Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor
In one of his first official acts after being sworn-in, Governor John Kasich appointed Lt. Governor Mary Taylor to be director of the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Immediately following the announcement, Kasich signed an Executive Order creating the Common Sense Initiative to lead a transformation of Ohio’s regulatory policies and named Taylor to lead the effort.
The complete text of the Executive Order can be found at: http://governor.ohio.gov/ExecutiveOrders.aspx
Taylor is the former Auditor of State where she served for four years as the state’s top fiscal watchdog guarding against fraudulent and wasteful spending of tax dollars.
The first Certified Public Accountant to serve as Auditor, Taylor modernized the office into a nationally-recognized, 21st-century public accounting firm and provided state and local government officials across Ohio with thousands of ideas and solutions to improve efficiency and cut costs by more than $140 million annually.
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday released drafts of five bills meant to create jobs. The legislation won’t directly help contractors, but industry lobbyists said any pro-business legislation would be a productive first step.
Besides the announced bills, though, Walker promised regulatory reform — a key issue to construction companies and trade groups — also will be on the table soon. Construction groups want fewer licensing requirements and restrictions on the work they perform.
Walker insisted it would help employers trying to add jobs. “The more we can show them that things are going to be easier to do business in the state in the future,” he said, “the more I think they take that leap of faith and start putting people to work, even in the next few weeks.”
The special session should mark the beginning of a promising year for the industry, said John Mielke, vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. “What I’m anticipating might be a two-stage process,” Mielke said. “I think you’ll get the shell in the special session and the filling in the budget bill (later this year). That’s probably the way it has to be done.”
In the meantime, Mielke, like Boullion, said he’s looking forward to sharing ideas with the Walker administration about how to increase construction work. Mielke also said he thinks Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will be heavily involved in such discussions.
“If I were reading the tea leaves – and that’s all I’m doing – I would expect Rebecca Kleefisch will want to play a role connected to the economy and job growth,” Mielke said. “That’s what she campaigned on, and I think there’s a lot of leeway in the lieutenant governor’s position to identify priorities.”
Cross-posted at The Minority Report