(April 10, 2007) Oklahoma City and Tulsa have joined forces to present a combined Joint Legislative Agenda to the 51st Oklahoma Legislature.
The two‑page document, approved by the Tulsa City Council on April 5 and by Oklahoma City’s City Council on April 10, focuses on five items considered crucial to the interests of both cities, and to cities across the state as well.
"All across Oklahoma, municipalities, large and small, are this state's economic engines," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. "In the case of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, over half of Oklahoma's citizens live in one of the two metropolitan areas. As a result, it is historic for Oklahoma City and Tulsa to speak with one voice at the State Capitol. When we speak with one voice, we speak for issues that are crucial to the futures of these two cities.
“We also give voice to issues that are facing municipalities in every one of Oklahoma's 77 counties, and we are proud to speak not only for ourselves, but for all municipalities."
"I am very pleased to partner with Mayor Mick Cornett in this joint legislative agenda," said Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor. "Oklahoma City and Tulsa are the two largest economies in Oklahoma. By joining together, we can make our voices stronger. We advocate that cities should both expand and diversify their revenue bases and that transportation options be increased across the state. In the end, all Oklahomans, whether urban or rural, benefit from a strong state-wide economy, and that’s what this agenda is all about.”