Most state employees and teachers in Oklahoma have not had any kind of pay raise in several years. The Governor did not call for any kind of cost of living adjustment for those dedicated employees in her address or her budget.
Again, I ask for thoughtful discussion on the renewed recommendation to cut the state’s top income tax bracket, which would eliminate more than $100 million dollars in funding for vital services ranging from education to healthcare to public safety. Before that discussion proceeds, we must know how that revenue would be offset—whether that is to be accomplished through the elimination of tax breaks or by cuts to the programs our citizens depend upon.
At this point in the session, the discussion on policy and budget now move to the legislative arena. It is my hope that our members will put politics aside and work with one another and with the governor to develop policies and prioritize our resources so that we place our citizens first, laying the foundation for an even stronger future for our state.
As always if you have a question about a legislative matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (405) 521-5541 or by email at email@example.com. It is an honor to serve as your voice at the State Capitol. If I may be of help, please contact me. May God Bless you!
Susan Paddack is state senator for District 13.