Gary Richardson Announces Exploratory Committee for Governor of Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK, February 21, 2017– Former Reagan-appointed U.S. Attorney and small business owner Gary Richardson has announced the formation of his exploratory committee for Governor of Oklahoma.
“The current budget crisis in Oklahoma proves to me that Oklahoma isn’t a poor state but a state run poorly.” said Richardson. “It’s important that the people of Oklahoma have a Governor who will make the right decisions to get our state out of this budget crisis without raising taxes.”
Richardson shared the next steps of his exploratory committee. “In the following months, I will travel across the state to visit with Oklahomans and listen to their concerns about taxes, education, and the economy of our state,” said Richardson. “Oklahomans know what is best for our state. It’s time their leaders heed their concerns.”
From TheOkie – Tulsa County GOP Chairman Mike Ford sent this email out:
It’s Time to Cut Wasteful Spending, NOT Raise Taxes
Today, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb announced his resignation from Governor Fallin’s cabinet, making the following statement:
“Governor Fallin deserves to have someone in her cabinet who can be a strong advocate for her agenda, and that is something I am unwilling to do. While I respect the determination with which Governor Fallin met her obligation to present a balanced budget to the legislature, I cannot support her proposed tax increases. This proposal will adversely harm Oklahoma’s small businesses and families, especially those in our service industry. While Governor Fallin and I have disagreed on issues from time-to-time, our differences on this important topic are so significant they preclude me from continuing to serve on her cabinet.”
A taxing proposal
There’s been a whole lot of talk about our $868 million budget hole this year and ways the lawmakers could fill the gap.
One idea driving a lot of the conversation: raising taxes.
Now I might be old fashioned, but I believe it’s my job as a lawmaker to cut government, not to hike taxes. So when people float proposals to increase the motor fuel tax or expand taxes to include services like child care, legal fees and utility services, my antenna goes up. There’s got to be a better way.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one who believes this. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has stepped out in opposition to the new tax proposal, and I stand with him 110 percent.
Before we consider taxing our taxidermy or lawn services, shouldn’t we look at our own spending? Shouldn’t we do everything we can to avoid allowing the government to take even more of our hard-earned money out of our pockets? If the answer to that question isn’t “yes,” then I don’t know what I’m doing up here at the Capitol.
Look at agencies like the Department of Public Safety, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. These agencies could easily be consolidated into a single department, and it would result in a more efficient system, ease the flow of information between departments and ultimately save the taxpayers money.
Governor Mary Fallin Statement on Resignation of Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb from Her Cabinet
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement after Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb announced his resignation from her Cabinet, where he served as small business advocate:
“I was disappointed and surprised to learn from a press release that Lt. Gov. Lamb had decided to quit serving as a member of my Cabinet.
“I have always valued Todd’s independent voice. I valued it when we first came into office when we dealt with a similar financial crisis and I value his independent voice today. I’ve never been afraid to have dissenting voices at the table. I think the people of Oklahoma benefit from that. There will always be a seat at the table for his independent voice.
“Leading a state is never easy, especially when there are so many challenges and we are faced with a prolonged economic downturn. But through ideas, hard work, long hours and making tough decisions, we can find solutions to those challenges our state faces. We have to.
“As governor, I have provided a reality check of doing the same thing over and over with the structural deficits of our budget and expecting a different outcome. If we want to educate our children, a teacher pay raise and ensure the health and public safety of our citizens as well as improve our roads and bridges, we must fix the structure of our budget so we don’t keep having budget shortfalls and uncertainty.”
Fallin says she heard about Lamb’s resignation from reading his press release. That’s interesting. Lamb told KFAQ radio host Pat Campbell, and the Tulsa World reported as well, that Lamb’s chief of staff Keith Beall met with the Governor’s chief of staff Chris Benge Thursday morning before his announcement went out… so it sounds like either Governor Fallin is being dishonest, or her staff hid it from her. Campbell said on air that it reminded him of Barack Obama’s “I learned about it like you did, on the TV news.“
Conservative Legislators Applaud Lamb’s Opposition to Sales Tax Hike
Oklahoma City – A group of conservative Oklahoma legislators today expressed support for Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb’s decision to resign from Governor Fallin’s cabinet over her plan to dramatically increase Oklahomans’ sales tax burden.
Lamb stepped down from his cabinet position as Small Business Advocate, saying, “While I respect the determination with which Governor Fallin met her obligation to present a balanced budget to the legislature, I cannot support her proposed tax increases. This proposal will adversely harm Oklahoma’s small businesses and families, especially those in our service industry.”
In her State of the State address, Governor Fallin presented a plan that would tax 164 different categories of services provided by Oklahoma small businesses and entrepreneurs. By the governor’s own estimate, this would result in a tax hike of over $1,700,000,000.00.
Richardson Applauds Lamb’s Decision to Follow in Opposing Service Tax
Tulsa, OK, February 16, 2017– Below is a statement from Gary Richardson about Lt. Governor Todd Lamb’s decision to resign from Governor Fallin’s cabinet over her proposed service tax.
“I am glad that Lt. Governor Lamb has finally decided to follow my call to oppose Governor Fallin’s proposed tax on the service industry,” said Richardson.
“I encourage Lt. Governor Lamb and the rest of the Republican members of the Oklahoma Legislature to join me in standing on Republican values by opposing all of Governor Fallin’s proposed tax initiatives including her proposed hike on tobacco and gasoline taxes. Only then can we all work toward a comprehensive solution that eliminates waste in our state government and funds our state agencies without raising taxes.”
Lamb Breaks with Fallin on Tax Policy
Oklahoma City- Lt. Governor Todd Lamb today announced his resignation from Governor Fallin’s cabinet, where Lamb has served as the state’s Small Business Advocate, one of many roles the Lt. Governor fills. This resignation does not affect Lamb’s role as Lt. Governor.
“In Oklahoma, the Governor and Lt. Governor are separately elected positions. While both are Republicans, at this time Lieutenant Governor Lamb believes it is best for him to vacate the cabinet position,” stated Lamb’s Chief of Staff, Keith Beall. “His decision to resign was made after yesterday’s cabinet meeting in which Governor Fallin maintained her support for taxing 164 services affecting every Oklahoma small business and family,” Beall concluded.
Gary Richardson, the 2002 Independent candidate for Governor and exploring a run in 2018 as a Republican, posted this video today slamming Governor Mary Fallin’s proposed $1.7 billion sales tax expansion.
This is from Tom Coburn’s Restore Accountability foundation. If you don’t follow their updates, you should. Coburn is continuing his invaluable work rooting out and exposing government waste.
Pam Pollard seeks Re-Election for Oklahoma Republican Party State Chairman
Republican State Chairman Pam Pollard said today she will be a candidate for election to a full two-year term at the GOP State Convention in Moore on May 6.
“Oklahoma Republicans won at every level in 2016 because our message of conservative common sense government resonates with voters,” Pollard said. “I intend to keep that good thing going as State Chair if the delegates will give me that opportunity on May 6.”