Competing tax cut bills unveiled in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma state House and Senate unveiled competing state income tax cut measures Wednesday, but each would require an improvement in the state’s revenue picture before the tax cut would be triggered.
by Randy Ellis Published: February 26, 2014
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The Oklahoma state House and Senate unveiled competing state income tax cut measures Wednesday.

Each would require an improvement in the state’s revenue picture before the tax cut would be triggered, and tax year 2016 is the earliest either proposed tax cut could take place.


“We made a commitment to the people of Oklahoma and we intend to keep that commitment,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, author of the Senate tax cut bill.

Bingman’s bill would cut Oklahoma’s top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent as soon as certified projections for the state’s general revenue fund get back up to where they were when the Legislature approved a tax cut last year that was later struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

General revenue fund projections have declined since then, so they would have to go back up about $86.5 million before the income tax cut would be triggered.

Bingman has a provision in his bill that would further cut the top income tax rate to 4.85 percent just as soon as the state’s revenue growth is enough to offset the amount that would otherwise be lost because of the tax cut. An identical provision was in the bill struck down by the state Supreme Court.

The bill is scheduled to be considered Thursday by the full Senate.

“This is a fiscally responsible approach that will bring tax relief to Oklahomans and encourage economic growth in our state,” Bingman said.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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