Oklahoma’s income tax cut proposals have Republicans battling themselves

By Michael McNutt

Republicans who clawed for years to get control of Oklahoma’s statehouse are fighting among themselves over cutting the state’s top personal income tax rate.

A key part of the battle is over whether a cut should take place next year or should be postponed for another year.
House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, recalling last year’s impasse over cutting the personal income tax, said the disagreement on when a cut to the top personal income tax rate of 5.25 percent would take effect could spell doom for getting tax-cutting legislation passed this year.

“The state Senate Republicans, while they were supportive of a tax cut, did not want to cut income taxes last year and if you look at their bill this year … they don’t want to cut income taxes this year either,” Inman said. “With just a month and a half left and to be this far apart in how they cut it … that is significant. It really is in terms of whether they can get the sides to agree.

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