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Fallin vetoes ‘most of revised budget’: Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed “most” of HB 1019, the revised general appropriations bill sent to her desk this morning. To conclude a grueling eight-week special session, the Oklahoma Legislature had adjourned sine die Friday, but now lawmakers may have to return for additional session at some point. [NonDoc] Challenges Persist After Fallin’s Budget Veto [Oklahoma Watch] The vetoed budget was a squandered opportunity of massive proportions [OK Policy]
Reaction to veto of ‘cuts and cash’ bill ranges from ire to applause from political leaders: Reaction was mixed Saturday to Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a controversial bill that used cash and agency cuts to shore up the ailing state budget. Hours after the Senate sent the measure to her desk Friday, Fallin line-item vetoed all but five of the 170 sections of House Bill 1019. The action temporarily preserved funding for key health and human services. [Tulsa World] Mixed reactions after Governor Fallin vetoes “most of revised” budget bill [KFOR]
The EITC has been an unfortunate victim of Oklahoma’s budget gridlock: In 2016, Oklahoma lawmakers were struggling to pass a state budget amid a massive revenue shortfall. Sound familiar? One of the measures taken by lawmakers in that year to fill their shortfall was making Oklahoma’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) non-refundable. [OK Policy]
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