Okla. Senate Dem. leader responds to gov.'s speech

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The minority leader in the Oklahoma state Senate says Gov. Mary Fallin's speech "had some bad ideas."

Democratic Sen. Sean Burrage on Monday criticized Fallin for calling for a tax cut while he says the state has budget needs.

The Republican governor's State of the State address was delivered to a joint session of the Legislature Monday afternoon as lawmakers gathered for the start of the legislative session.

Fallin called for reducing the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. The tax begins after the first $8,700 on individual income.

Burrage also says Fallin's proposal to increase funding for education by 0.6 percent is less than is needed. Fallin's proposal would raise funding to the education department from $2.33 million to $2.34 million.

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