House Minority leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, admonishes the Republican majority to stop blaming Democrats for their failure to prevent or plug the current budget crisis today during his press conference.
“We are in a crisis mode and the Republican majority needs to find a way to fix this gap by rolling back income taxes, adjusting the gross production tax, and getting rid of those credits that don’t really make a difference in the State of Oklahoma so that we mitigate and hopefully prevent public education from taking an even deeper cut,” Inman said.
The minority leader stated that Republican leaders want to fix the state’s budget woes by taxing vital state businesses, taxing the the middle class, and proposing a $400 million bond, which would put the state in debt. The Republican caucus is made up of 71 members and only needs 51 votes in order to pass any of those solutions per the State Constitution, Inman said.
“Mr. Speaker: Don’t dare stand up and blame my caucus for not trying to close the budget hole,” Inman said. “We’ve offered solutions the Governor, and this Speaker have refused to accept them. Instead if he can’t find a way to get 51 of his 71 members to raise taxes on businesses, to raise taxes on haircuts, and to raise taxes on vulnerable people in the State of Oklahoma, that’s not our fault. That’s a leadership fault for not being able to get 51 votes out of his caucus to support that.”
For more details on solutions recommended by the House Minority, and the impact of budget cuts on school districts, watch the press conference below: