April 19, 2024

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Gov. Kevin Stitt to call lawmakers back for special session

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he’s going to call the Oklahoma Legislature back for a special session on June 13.The governor said he wants lawmakers to eliminate the grocery tax and reduce the personal income tax. “Families, they need real relief right now, not political gimmicks,” Stitt said.Stitt claimed during a news conference that negotiations did not happen when lawmakers put together a budget worth about $9.8 billion. The governor said he, others and Oklahomans were left out of the conversation and in the dark.”I’m determined that part of this budget will make sense for Oklahomans, like the pay raises for law enforcement,” Stitt said. “But other parts, like special carve-outs that are results of backroom deals between lobbyists and legislators, are not in our state’s best interests.”The governor said he will line-item veto Senate Bill 1052, which he says would require taxpayers to foot the bill for increases for private prisons benefiting out-of-state private companies. He also said there are other unnecessary expenses.Stitt also criticized that lawmakers did not eliminate Oklahoma’s grocery tax and that, instead, the budget allocated for $75 inflation checks for Oklahomans. He added that part of that $75 will be federally taxed.”Fifty-six dollars. That’s not even enough to fill up your gas tanks right now. That’s not real relief,” Stitt said. “It’s a slap in the face to hard-working Oklahomans, and it’s a political gimmick during an election year.”Stitt said he will line-item veto Senate Bill 1075 and House Bills 4474 and 4473. He added that the rest of the budget will go into law without his signature.

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he’s going to call the Oklahoma Legislature back for a special session on June 13.

The governor said he wants lawmakers to eliminate the grocery tax and reduce the personal income tax.

“Families, they need real relief right now, not political gimmicks,” Stitt said.

Stitt claimed during a news conference that negotiations did not happen when lawmakers put together a budget worth about $9.8 billion. The governor said he, others and Oklahomans were left out of the conversation and in the dark.

“I’m determined that part of this budget will make sense for Oklahomans, like the pay raises for law enforcement,” Stitt said. “But other parts, like special carve-outs that are results of backroom deals between lobbyists and legislators, are not in our state’s best interests.”

The governor said he will line-item veto Senate Bill 1052, which he says would require taxpayers to foot the bill for increases for private prisons benefiting out-of-state private companies. He also said there are other unnecessary expenses.

Stitt also criticized that lawmakers did not eliminate Oklahoma’s grocery tax and that, instead, the budget allocated for $75 inflation checks for Oklahomans. He added that part of that $75 will be federally taxed.

“Fifty-six dollars. That’s not even enough to fill up your gas tanks right now. That’s not real relief,” Stitt said. “It’s a slap in the face to hard-working Oklahomans, and it’s a political gimmick during an election year.”

Stitt said he will line-item veto Senate Bill 1075 and House Bills 4474 and 4473. He added that the rest of the budget will go into law without his signature.