The Great Plains has always been considered what many in the country considered “flyover country,” but thanks to our bottomed-out metrics, we’re quickly becoming a “passover state” for businesses looking to make large investments.
Just last month, Chicken-Fried News penned this prediction: “Being at the one-yard line doesn’t equate to a touchdown and Kevin has done worse with more. If Panasonic picks Kansas over Oklahoma, the Republicans ought to take a look at their own roster because it won’t be the opposing team who fumbled this one.”
So, here we are, passed over for yet another large deal, this one offering upwards of $700 million in financial incentives to Panasonic, and it’s still a, “no, thank you.”
Good thing nearly 70 percent of Republican voters last month think keeping the economy inside the oil and gas industry and Fox News soundbites is enough, and that “owning the libs” is worth more to them than businesses investing in the state.
“Gov. Stitt is confident in his plan to attract companies to Oklahoma … This is not the end of the governor’s strategy to make Oklahoma a top 10 state for business, and Oklahomans would be wise to not count us out just yet,” Stitt shill Carly Atchison wrote in a news release.
What is certain is that Panasonic and Tesla will be transferring their wares across the Texas state line into Kansas and vice versa, but for now, the best Oklahoma can hope for is that they’ll stop to fill up their trucks when they pass through.