Oklahoma House Democrats seek more funds for public schools

Oklahoma House Democrats say Republicans should abandon plans to cut the state's personal income tax and instead invest more in public education.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: March 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013

Fallin has proposed cutting the 5.25 percent top personal income tax rate to 5 percent, which would cost the state about $40 million for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, and about $120 million annually when fully implemented.

Inman said calculations show about 42 percent of Oklahoma taxpayers wouldn't see a reduction in their state personal income taxes under Fallin's proposal. Those who did would see an average savings of about $39 a year.

“While our students have larger class sizes, fewer new textbooks and fewer resources, we're giving $39 back a year to Oklahoma citizens,” he said. “We believe that if the people of Oklahoma hear that case … that they'll join with us and call on a bipartisan group of leaders to put a stop to this income tax push.

“Instead of cutting $120 million, let's put that $120 million into the common education system in Oklahoma,” Inman said.