Low corporate tax collections hit Oklahoma’s budget

By Randy Ellis

 

The Oklahoma Legislature got more bad financial news Tuesday.

State lawmakers will have $17.7 million less to spend next fiscal year than was projected when the governor developed her budget in December, according to revenue figures released Tuesday at the state Board of Equalization meeting.

That amount is $188.5 million less than the Legislature had to appropriate for the current fiscal year.

Citing the gloomy economic news, state House Democratic Leader Scott Inman on Tuesday urged Gov. Mary Fallin to shelve her tax cut plan.

“This just proves we need to be even more careful in how we allocate the taxpayers’ dollars,” said Inman, D-Del City. “It also demonstrates that to carve another $136 million out of the state budget for the governor’s proposed tax cut would be fiscally irresponsible. We have too many pressing demands.”

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