By Jordann Lucero
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — With no accommodations to Democrats’ suggestions, the state budget plan Oklahoma Republicans unveiled Monday will not have enough support, an analyst says.
The plan Governor Mary Fallin announced Monday was only an agreement between Republicans in the House and Senate.
There is not enough Republican control at the State Capitol for tax plans to pass without Democrat support. Revenue items need a supermajority of 75% to pass.
“So really after four weeks where nothing has been accomplished, this just seems to be another waste of time,” David Blatt said.
Blatt, the executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, said with major budget cuts to human services, mental health and Soonercare in the balance, what’s needed at the Capitol is bipartisan compromise.
“What’s surprising is the that Republican leadership refuses to propose or accept the one measure that can unlock a budget agreement which is a higher gross production tax on oil and gas companies,” he said.