Statement on Governor Fallins State of the State address and budget plan

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by February 5th, 2018 Posted in ,

For Immediate Release

Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt released the following statement in response to Governor Fallin’s State of the State address and FY 2019 Executive Budget:

Governor Fallin has identified the right goals for this year’s legislative session: pass new revenues to fix the budget and provide a teacher pay raise, reform ineffective and cruel criminal justice policies, and fund mental health and addiction treatment. The structural budget deficit and incarceration crisis are years in the making, but Oklahomans from many backgrounds have reached a remarkable consensus on the direction that we need to go.

While the Governor’s address identifies the right problems, her budget makes clear that we still have a long way to go to fully solve them. Even with all revenues from the Step Up Oklahoma plan included, Governor Fallin’s FY 2019 budget does nothing to increase general support for K-12 schools and higher education that have been cut the most in the nation. It does not address overcrowding and staff shortages in state prisons. It does not provide pay increases for thousands of state workers, many of whom have gone more than a decade without a raise. It does not undo cuts to community health providers or reduce the long developmental disabilities care waiting list.

The Governor’s proposals are a first step towards correcting a decade of cuts and underfunding. However, Oklahoma has much more to do put our state on a path to good health, safety, and prosperity for all of us.

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  1. actually it addressed nothing , but kicks the can movement. rehashing the same old tax increases , only this time a bunch of old gray haired rich folks to back the deal , what could be more wrong ? this Step -Up does not fix anything, it cover’s up the underline problem and does absolutely nothing to address it . along with the fact that millions upon millions missing from departments, and low and behold , no one seems to know where it went . Your right none of these issues were addressed , so this said prosperity, ends with massive raises for unworthy teachers. yes we see it and yes we understand it , the step up is a joke. buried within this proposal is a hidden factor that under-minds term limits that in its self is against the Law and the under-minding of those of us who voted for this , what makes them think they have the authority to do this ? this just shows how they over step the authority of the real power holders , the people .

    Comment by Alma on February 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

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