Thursday, August 24, 2017

Speaker McCall slams rumored Fallin-Inman tax hike bargain

House Speaker McCall Responds To Minority Leader Inman's Plan To Raise $1 Billion In Taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall (R-Atoka) issued the following statement today after the McCarville Report posted a story claiming that Gov. Mary Fallin and Democrats in the House of Representatives have agreed to a plan that would raise more than $1 billion in taxes on Oklahoma citizens.

“There is never a shortage of rumor and innuendo surrounding negotiations at the Capitol, so I will add some facts to the discussion. First, there is no way House Republicans will ever pass a billion dollars in tax and revenue increases to fill a $200 million budget hole. Such a plan would be dead on arrival.

“Second, Minority Leader Scott Inman has no interest in negotiating in good faith with the governor or anyone else. He has failed at every turn to deliver Democrat votes for any significant revenue package. He has offered conflicting demands in public and private negotiations. The fact is, Scott Inman is only interested in campaign issues for his governor's race, not real solutions that will help Oklahoma.”