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.