Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb made a visit to NEO A&M College in Miami Thursday morning to talk about Governor Mary Fallin's budget cuts to higher education and how he foresees Oklahoma being on the verge of a renaissance . Lauren Crudup with the student government asked how he believed the economy would be affected by the cuts since students will see an increase in student debt. Here's what Lamb had to say.
"The governor had a challenge with balancing the budget. I would anticipate that some of the budget cuts she's offered will change throughout the legislative session. I can tell you, you have many proponents of higher education in the legislature."
News Talk KZRG asked Crudup her main take-away from the speech.
"He is an advocate for small businesses. I don't think he was quite prepared for our higher education questions, but I think he answered them in the best way that he could."
Lamb emphasized the state's leading job growth in manufacturing, low unemployment, and increased exports over the past year. His main message for the students- don't leave, encouraging graduates to find employment within the state upon graduation.