Oklahoma reactions to Bush's State of the Union

Wednesday, January 21st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The State Republican and Democratic delegations were, not surprisingly, at odds over several issues raised in President Bush's state of the union address Tuesday.

Among many issues, Bush said he would keeping the tax relief package permanent and harness wind power in Oklahoma to help update the nation's electricity grid.

Republicans mostly backed the tax relief package, while Democrats lashed out at Bush's economic policies.

Republican Representative Frank Lucas says Bush's speech was direct and decisive.

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Parmley says Bush's policies have failed to jumpstart the economy.

Republican Representative Ernest Istook says the President should focus more on cutting federal spending.

In a potential boon for the state, Bush's plan to modernize the delivery of electricity in the country could provide opportunities for Oklahoma companies that are developing wind farms.

Lucas says the proposal could help grow Oklahoma's economy.