Monday, October 23, 2017

Richardson Calls on Lt. Gov. Lamb to Block Proposed Tax Increases


Richardson Calls on Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb to Block Proposed Tax Increases

Tulsa, OK, October 23, 2017 – Gary Richardson, Republican candidate for Governor, issued a statement today in regard to the proposed budget deal announced by Governor Fallin.
"Once again, our GOP leaders have failed to follow the principles of their party by supporting massive tax increases on gasoline, beer, and cigarettes," said Richardson.  "As much as I support increasing teacher pay, we must first audit every state agency, trust, and authority before considering any new tax increases."

Richardson continued, "I urge Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb to exercise his constitutional duties as President of the State Senate to reject this deal. He alone could step in and stop these tax increases by taking over the gavel in the State Senate. And if Lamb refuses to stand for conservative principles, I urge the GOP legislators to vote against this budget deal and demand a budget plan that will fund our budget without raising taxes."

Gary Richardson is a Republican candidate for Governor of Oklahoma.  He is a former U.S. Attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan and a founding member of the law firm, Richardson, Richardson, and Boudreaux.  Gary and his wife, Lanna, reside in Tulsa. Together, they have five children and eleven grandchildren. They are active members of South Tulsa Baptist Church.  Learn more at GaryRichardson.org.

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Blogger's comment: Richardson continues to pound this idea that the Lieutenant Governor can single-handedly take over the State Senate and ignore Senate rules and parliamentary procedure. I think it's a mistaken notion. While Lt. Gov. Lamb absolutely should be more outspoken about the ongoing budget situation and these proposed tax increases, I don't believe he has the constitutional authority to dictate what the Senate can and cannot do.

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