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December 21, 2012

Fallin: Schools, prisons, safety top priorities

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NORMAN —

The governor also noted that because of increases in several revenue streams dedicated exclusively to education, including a portion of individual and corporate income taxes, a state fund for public education is projected to see an increase of more than $78 million from last year.

“We’re starting out in a good position already being able to give education $78 million more in projected funds on top of the budget that they had last year,” Fallin said.

Fallin said she also plans to push once again for a cut in the state income tax rate, but she acknowledged her proposal likely will be more modest than one she endorsed last year. That plan would have immediately slashed the top rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent, with further cuts triggered if certain revenue growth criteria were met.

The governor’s proposal last session would have offset much of the lost revenue by eliminating dozens of exemptions and deductions, but lawmakers balked at eliminating many of those, and the deal for a tax cut fell apart in the waning days of the session.

This year, Fallin said her proposal would be “simpler to administer,” although she said the details still hadn’t been worked out.

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