Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Cockroft files bill to phase out state income tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 8, 2011) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Josh Cockroft would further lower the state income tax to 5 percent in 2011 and phase it out by 2016.

House Bill 1543 would reduce the income tax by 1 percent each year, down to 0 percent in 2016.

“I think that Oklahomans no longer support the state income tax and would like lawmakers to come up with a new way to fund state government,” Cockroft, R-McLoud, said. “Texas gets by without a state income tax and I think that Oklahoma can as well.”

Cockroft said that in addition to changing the source of revenue, the Legislature would focus on reducing state spending.

“The state needs to eliminate wasteful spending and join the 21st century as an affordable and efficient form of government,” Cockroft said. “I think that there are many places where reform and common sense will result in effective government services for less.”

Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud, is the state representative for House District 27, which covers portions of Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties. He can be reached by calling 405-557-7349 (Capitol), or by emailing josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov. He also maintains a blog for legislative purposes, located here.


  1. Darn!

    I made a bet that the Board of Education bill would pass both chambers and be signed by Governor Fallin by the end of the week!

    Bobbie McAuliffe

  2. OOPS

    The above comment should have been on the

    Legislature Cancels Session - Due to Weather


    Bobbie McAuliffe

  3. Hey Josh, Texas on pays their legislators $7200 per year. You get $38,400. If you want to be like texan why don't you move there?
    Bubba, Podunk Ok

  4. Josh: Using Texas as a model is not necessarily good. They have a much higher Property Tax and the Property Tax is a direct assault on our freedom and liberty of which one of the planks is the ability of an individual to own property and the Property Tax is an automatic lien on property.
    W Pruitt

  5. Texas is 27 billion in the whole!
    Texas is last in uninsured!
    Texas is 49 in public education!
    Texas has the largest illegal population.
    Texas has no corporate tax.
    Texas has no state tax!
    Texas has had a republican controlled goverment for years. the working man in Texas has been craped on for years.


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