Halfway through his term, Gov. Kevin Stitt outlines his priorities for the year

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s third year in office will serve as a fresh start for the Republican who closed out the last legislative session at odds with leaders of Oklahoma’s Legislature.

Forced to respond to the worst health crisis in modern history, the pandemic, budget woes and tension between the governor and legislative leaders derailed most of Stitt’s policy agenda last year.

The tension came to a head when Stitt vetoed much of the proposed state budget, which the GOP-led Legislature quickly overturned in a historic rebuke.

In an extensive interview with The Oklahoman on Tuesday, Stitt said he’s confident he has mended his relationships with legislative leaders.

Asked if he still would have run for governor if he knew he would have to tackle an unprecedented pandemic, Stitt didn’t second-guess his actions.

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