OKLAHOMA CITY —
“It’s certainly a high priority, probably one of the highest, but obviously it has to be balanced against a commitment to core government services,” Shannon, R-Lawton, told The Associated Press last week. “We need to be thoughtful about it.”
Although Democrats don’t have the numbers in either the House or Senate to stop a tax cut proposal, Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage said Friday it’s likely Democrats would be unwilling to support a bond issue if Republicans insist on cutting the income tax.
The support of Democrats for a bond issue could be an important bargaining chip, because Republican leaders, including Fallin, have expressed an interest in bond issues for such things as needed repairs to the state Capitol, the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City, and the construction of a popular culture museum in Tulsa. But many of the more conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are ideologically opposed to incurring debt to pay for state projects, which means GOP leaders might need Democratic votes to pass bond issues.