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January 30, 2014

Fallin endorses plan for school storm shelters and safe rooms

Proposal lets local governments raise debt limits

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma —

Fallin and Bingman also have said they support a bond issue to pay for improvements to the state Capitol and other state-owned buildings in need of repairs.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman and Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage both said they remain opposed to any effort to cut the state’s income tax, which they say will take away much-needed revenue from schools, public safety and other core functions of government.

“I think at this point it’s fiscally irresponsible,” said Burrage, D-Claremore. “When you consider we’re funding public education at $200 million less than we were in 2008, when you consider the fact that our teachers haven’t had a pay raise since 2006 ... I think it’s very irresponsible to talk about tax cuts at this time.”

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