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Fallin, McCall, Schulz tout ‘agreement,’ decline questions: Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican lawmakers announced “an agreement between House and Senate Republicans” at a press conference this morning but declined to take questions from media, saying she was headed to The Oklahoman’s editorial board to discuss the plan. Fallin, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz ignored questions from press, including The Oklahoman’s own Capitol reporter who noted that his editorial board surely “would not mind” if they took time to answer questions about the proposal [NonDoc]. Read our statement on the proposal: Latest Republican budget plan ignores obvious solutions [OK Policy]. Lawmakers must use special session to fix the budget, not pass the buck [OK Policy].
“Another waste of time,” Analyst says Republican state budget plan doomed to fail: 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 [KOKH]. State lawmakers react to proposed revenue package [NewsOK]. The plan was meant to pressure House Democrats [NewsOK]. Democrats say they weren’t invited to the discussion table [KOCO].
Budget plan raises questions on revenue, cost projections: Oklahoma’s top Republican officials unveiled their long-awaited budget plans Monday morning, but the announcement raised as many questions as it answered. The plan would fill the $215 million budget hole for this year, raise teacher salaries by $3,000 annually, raise public employees’ salaries by $1,000 and restore the earned income tax credit. To do so, the state would increase cigarette taxes by $1.50 per pack, increase motor fuels taxes by 6 cents per gallon and adjust alcohol taxes. Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz announced the plan during a press conference Monday morning [Journal Record].
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