MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 19, 2013

Fallin won’t commit to pushing tax cut


— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  — After two consecutive years of pushing for an income tax cut for Oklahoma families, Gov. Mary Fallin seemed less enthusiastic about the idea Thursday when she learned the Legislature will have about $170 million less to spend on state programs next year.

Just days after the Oklahoma Supreme Court tossed a bill she championed to cut the top personal income tax rate and spend $120 million on Capitol repairs, Fallin said it was too early to tell whether she would push for a tax cut again next year.

“We’re going to continue to talk to the Legislature about what is possible this legislative year as far as it relates to tax cuts,” Fallin said.

Fallin said she still supports the idea of lowering taxes to create a better business climate, “but we have a lot of other needs in Oklahoma.”