“We have to get rid of that trigger. We will be anemic when we come out of this terrible economic situation. We can’t allow it to kick in. It would be a disaster.”

–  State Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee), on an income tax cut that, if triggered, could come into effect as soon as January 1, 2018. Legislation to alter the trigger was introduced in the last two weeks of the legislative session, but contained a drafting error that could not be fixed before session adjourned (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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