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January 22, 2014

Oklahoma governor to propose income tax cut

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin will propose a “responsible, measured” income tax cut during next month’s State of the State speech, despite a projected $170 million shortfall in the budget for the next fiscal year, a top aide confirmed on Wednesday.

Spokesman Alex Weintz (wentz) declined to discuss the plan’s details, which he said will be included in her executive budget presented to lawmakers on Feb. 3 at the start of the legislative session.

“The governor has always thought cutting the income tax is the right thing to do. It lets Oklahomans keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible,” Weintz said.

As governor, Fallin must present a balanced budget to lawmakers based on about $6.96 billion in revenues the state is expected to collect next fiscal year. That’s about $170 million less than the Legislature appropriated to state programs in this year’s budget. A final certification of the projected available revenue will be made next month.

Weintz said the lost revenue would likely be offset in her proposed budget with targeted cuts to agency budgets or state programs.

"We think state government can find ways to operate more efficiently and effectively with targeted, measured budget cuts,” Weintz said. “We’ll also be proposing some of those in her executive budget as well.”

A cut in the state’s income tax has been an elusive goal for Fallin. Her first proposal in 2012 to deeply cut the rate and offset the lost revenue with the elimination of dozens of tax credits and deductions fell apart amid resistance from lobbyists who fought to keep many of the tax exemptions in place. Then an agreement among GOP leaders last year to cut the rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, beginning in 2015, was thrown out by Oklahoma Supreme Court because it included more than one subject, violating a requirement of the state constitution.

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