“Today's speech was more of the same failed priorities that continue to divide us.
“It's clearly outlined in her proposal that she's put politics ahead of people. She's presented the largest property tax increase in state history as her solution.”
— Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, commenting on Fallin's support of HJR 1092, allowing school districts a one-time increase to their bond capacity to pay for storm shelters and school security.
“I think they have to address it, and she didn't even talk about it. So, you know, it seems like they're going to continue to ignore it and pretend that there isn't an issue. I think it's totally irresponsible and people keep saying nobody's going to do anything around here until there is another riot or somebody gets killed, and I think, unfortunately, that's probably true.”
— Oklahoma Corrections Professionals President Sean Wallace, speaking about the need for the state government to do something about staffing shortages in Oklahoma's prisons.
“I'm very concerned about the tax cut because we must fund public education. She does indicate that she's going to try to give us $50 million more for public ed. I want to see exactly what her blueprint is. And, I want to see ... the other cuts in other programs, because the other programs have been pretty well cut about as far as they can be cut. So, we need to see what her actual plan is when we see it in writing. I may be supportive of it, but right now I'm a little hesitant.”
— Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, a 38-year educator, on Fallin's budget cut proposals as they relate to the governor's education initiatives.
“I'm very optimistic, but it's going to take a lot of work. And, it's really going to take a lot of work on the federal government side because they're the ones that are going to have to make some changes to accommodate us. But, it's absolutely worth the effort.
“We have worked well with our federal partner, and I think that was one reason why we were successful in getting our extension of one year, and Governor Fallin was a key part of that. She opened doors that I didn't have access to, and I know she will open those doors again, and it's just a matter of us being able to negotiate a long-term agreement.”
— Nico Gomez, chief executive of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, commenting on Fallin's hope to get a federal waiver making Insure Oklahoma a permanent program.
“This is absolutely the wrong time to cut taxes even further. When we're already in the budget hole and we're facing the prospect of $170 million shortfall, this is the absolute worst time to be cutting taxes further. If we're concerned about our education system and public safety and infrastructure, things that we need for a solid economy, then these budget cuts that would be required are exactly the wrong way to go.”
— David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, expressing disappointment in Fallin's backing of tax cuts and a reduction of the state's income tax.
“We are pleased with Governor Fallin and the vision she laid out today for a better Oklahoma. Her call to further reduce the tax burden on Oklahomans, right-size government, reform the pension system for state workers and reject Obamacare wholeheartedly in our state are all necessary to create a stronger state for not only the current, but future generations.”
— Michael Carnuccio, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
“We're really wanting to continue the progress that we have made in mental health. Right now in Oklahoma there's not enough mental health services for all the individuals that need it. We're hoping the budget cuts don't happen, because that will affect the families that we work with on a day-to-day basis.”
— Julia Jernigan, program director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, responding to Fallin's proposed budget cuts.
“The Senate has been very supportive of the bond issue for the state Capitol. Actually, we have a bill ready to go next week, or whenever we're in committee, to support (that). It's what the Capitol needs.”
— Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, backing Fallin's plan to fix the Capitol building through a bond issue.
“We were hoping for something akin to a soaring policy speech that would move our state forward, but instead of focusing on state policy what we saw was a focus on politics.
“That's evidenced by many different hypocritical statements that were made throughout her State of the State address today. Talking about things like we can't accept federal dollars for Medicaid, even though we've got hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy. We've got nearly 600,000 to 700,000 people in Oklahoma without any health insurance; she says we can't accept those federal dollars for Medicaid, when she already knows full well the state accepts $3 billion a year for that same Medicaid program.”
— Rep. Scott Inman, D-Oklahoma City, responding to Fallin's opposition to Medicaid expansion.