Oklahoma governor to propose income-tax cut

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday that she plans to propose an income-tax cut during the upcoming session, but said she wasn't ready to release details.
by Randy Ellis Published: January 23, 2014
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday that she plans to propose an income-tax cut during the upcoming legislative session.

“You will see me propose a tax cut,” Fallin said during a brief, impromptu interview with Capitol reporters.

Fallin said she plans to outline the proposed income-tax cut during her Feb. 3 State of the State speech that will open the 2014 session of the Oklahoma Legislature.

She declined to say how large the proposed cut would be or to provide other details.

“We're still working on that proposal,” she said.

Oklahoma requires the governor to present a balanced budget to the Legislature and the state is projecting a $171 million reduction in the amount it will have available for appropriation from its general fund for next fiscal year.

The governor declined to say whether she will propose any revenue enhancing measures or whether the tax cut would have to be funded by decreased appropriations elsewhere.

She also declined to say how soon she would propose that the tax cut take effect or whether there would be a triggering device that would require a certain amount of revenue growth before the cut would be implemented.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative 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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