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Lieutenant Governor discusses his future plans

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb came to Duncan Thursday night for the 31st annual Lieutenant Governor's Turkey Hunt.

This event and six others like it across the state were designed to recruit new businesses to the area.

The 15 guests spent the afternoon skeet shooting and turkey hunting before meeting the Lieutenant Governor for dinner.

At the dinner, Lamb discussed the steps he has taken to run for governor of Oklahoma in 2018. 

He said that he intends on running for governor, but no announcement has been made yet.

“We're just in the very early stages," Lamb said. "No formal announcement yet, but we've received a lot of encouragement."

He also explained his reason for running, saying he wants to make the lives of Oklahoma families better.

"I want to improve the education experience for our students,” Lamb said. “I want to make sure there is an opportunity awaiting the next generation but also opportunities for moms and dads that are working hard right now and making sure that our families remain safe."

With all the budget problems the states faced in recent years, departments across the board have been cut. Lamb said some departments can take more cuts, but there are others that can't.

"I think we've really cut to the bone in our education system,” Lamb said. “So, when I said there are still some streamline that can still happen I don't put education under that umbrella."

Lamb went to Enid Public Schools, and his wife is a teacher so he said he knows firsthand about the salary problems.

"I think it's very important to have the conversation how do we provide more pay for our teachers that are doing a fantastic job for our students all across Oklahoma," Lamb said.

As for the budget negotiations going on now in the legislature, Lamb said as a former state senator it's hard not being in the room where the budget decisions are made. But if he becomes governor, one thing on his agenda would be eliminating unnecessary spending.

"As a state, we have to look at the incentives that we're pushing out the door as across to a tune of over 6 billion dollars,” he said. “It's time that we look at the incentives we have in Oklahoma and ask ‘Is this incentive-producing jobs?’ ‘Is it helping Oklahoma's bottom line?’ If it is, we should keep that incentive. If it's not, we should ask ourselves ‘why would we keep that incentive?’ We've got to eliminate that incentive as soon as we can."

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