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Tax cut bill clears Oklahoma state Senate committee

A bill to cut Oklahoma’s top individual income tax rate by 0.25 percent and the corporate income tax rate by 1 percent was approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee.
by Randy Ellis Published: April 2, 2014
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A bill to cut the state’s top individual income tax rate by 0.25 percent and the corporate income tax rate by 1 percent was approved Tuesday by the state Senate Finance Committee.

The vote was 8-2.

House Bill 2508 previously was approved by the state House and will now go to the full Senate for consideration.

An alternative tax cut bill, Senate Bill 1246, passed the state Senate earlier and is awaiting action in the House. Ultimately, senators and House members are expected to try to work out differences in a conference committee.

Both proposals contain triggers designed to keep the tax cuts from going into effect until state revenues improve. The earliest taxpayers would see a reduction under either tax cut plan is 2016.

State Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, compared the financial impacts on the state of the competing tax cut measures Tuesday.

The House plan that calls for cutting the state’s top individual income tax cut rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent and the state’s corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent would cost the state $83.6 million in 2016 if the triggers are reached and $200 million once fully implemented, Mazzei told committee members.

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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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