OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Governor Kevin Stitt pushed lawmakers to cut taxes during the latest special session, which began Tuesday morning.
Stitt was flanked by the State Treasurer, Todd Russ, and the Speaker of the House, Charles McCall. Noticeably absent was the Senate Pro Tem, Great Treat.
Governor Stitt is calling on the Legislature to deliver on the following agenda priorities:
- A trigger law mandating that if a state or federal court finds that some individuals, due to their race, heritage, or political classification, don’t have to pay a state tax, then no Oklahoman will have to pay the tax.
- A tax cut that puts Oklahoma on the path to zero income taxes. This will keep us in line with surrounding Republican-led states.
- A measure that increases budget transparency to ensure that Oklahomans and their elected representatives have the ability and opportunity to see how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.
“Let me be very clear, with Oklahomans, I would never advocate to cut revenue below recurring expenses. So, we have to invest in education and roads and bridges and health care. We will absolutely pay for core services. So right here is our recurring expenses, $9.8 billion,” said Gov. Stitt. “My question for the legislature and for us to ask ourselves how big should government be when we have excess revenue like we did last year at $1.2 billion?”
The Senate opened the special session at 9:00 A.M. and there is an Appropriations and Budget committee meeting.
The House opened the session at 11:00 A.M.
This is a developing story.