Written by Dick Pryor on Wednesday February 29, 2012
January 29, 2012
Just over one year into her term, Governor Mary Fallin returned to Oklahoma Forum to talk about her first year in office and the year ahead. Governor Fallin listed accomplishments from her first year and gave us a hint at what she planned to unveil in her State of the State Address on February 6th.
Governor Fallin admitted that one of her initiatives during the upcoming year will be an effort to improve Oklahoma's health and wellness. She chuckled when I asked whether she was going to "shake some people up" and suggested that we need to shaken up and take this issue seriously. Oklahoma consistently ranks near the bottom of state ranking on health and it's become a big problem for employers.
The main agenda item for the governor this year is going to be further income tax reductions. She plans to ask for cuts in the state income tax rate to be offset, in part, by elimination of tax credits, deductions and exemptions. In her first State of the State Address, the governor staked out her position on such "tax spending," making it clear that those credits and exemptions that don't create jobs should be eliminated.
This is a unique opportunity for Oklahomans to hear from their governor in a one-on-one interview. We hope you enjoy it.
Until next time,
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