Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has driven the state into the ground. The state once held a stable economy and things were looking up, but it has now been taken into a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall. The problem came largely from reckless republican spending in the form of tax cuts that just took effect in January while businesses also got tax cuts for building businesses in the state.
This is the outcome of a trickle-down economic policy system. It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It will never work. So stop trying it. But Fallin and her GOP pals just keep on trying it. Only now they’re going to try something even more insane.
This week was Governor Mary Fallin’s State of the State Address and it was a doozie. She had two options as the leader of a failed state: 1. Pretend everything is awesome and tell everyone if we just stay the course we’ll be fine, or 2. Acknowledge things are terrible and propose a solution.
Bless her heart, she didn’t opt for the Brownback way, she actually admitted things were terrible. But the solution she proposed is what is the most heartbreaking. She wants to raise taxes, but not income taxes so that those making more money would be paying their fair share, she wants to raise sales taxes which disproportionately hurt the poor. “Apparently the governor has finally discovered what we’ve known all along: we can’t cut our way to prosperity,” Minority Leader Scott Inman said in a release.
“For more than a year, the governor has maintained that Oklahoma doesn’t have a revenue problem,” Inman said. “And just last week, House Speaker Jeff Hickman told State Capitol journalists that Oklahoma doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a structural budgeting problem.”
House Democrats worked many, many times in 2014 to try and stop the income-tax cut from taking effect in January, but all 71 of the House republicans refused. These tax cuts were flat out fiscally irresponsible, and yet the GOP carried on.
If the sales taxes aren’t bad enough, Fallin also proposed going to school vouchers. Vouchers which will steal money from public schools and give it to people to pay for private schools that they won’t be able to afford even with the vouchers. She also proposed closing more than 100 of Oklahoma’s rural schools, which would have the effect of killing off 100 small communities around the state.
Pathetic. Oklahomans deserve better than this crap. But I guess this is what we have all come to expect from Mary Fallin and her failed policies.
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