State of the State: 6 Things to Know
Gov. Mary Fallin delivered her State of the State address Monday afternoon at the opening of this year's legislative session.
The governor says Oklahomans have faced a lot of adversity from deadly tornadoes, budget shortfalls and turmoil in Washington, but the state continues to move forward.
"The state of our state is strong," she said.
Here are the six main takeaways from the governor's speech.
Our economy is strong.
The governor says Oklahoma is continuing to recover from the great recession.
"Oklahomans are getting back to work," she said.
Fallin said the average Oklahoma family's income has increase by about 6 percent since 2011.
The state's rainy day fund has increased to more than $500 million.
Education is a priority.
The governor wants to see more progress in state schools.
"For many, education is the best and only way out of poverty," Fallin said. "No child should ever fail to receive a world-class education."
Fallin defended the state's new A-F grading system and is proposing a $50 million increase in education funding.
The budget is tight.
While education may get an increase, most other state agencies will see cuts to their budgets under the governor's proposal.
The state will not have as much money to appropriate from the general revenue fund this year. Most agencies will see cuts of 5 percent or less.
It's time to fix the Capitol.
The governor is proposing a bond-issue to fix the crumbling State Capitol.
Fallin pointed out there is raw sewage leaking down the walls of the Capitol and the crumbling façade of the building poses a risk to employees and visitors.
The fight over healthcare isn't over.
Gov. Fallin vowed to continue the state's efforts to reject the Affordable Care Act.
"Washington is leading this country in the wrong direction, but Oklahoma isn't about to follow," she said.
The governor said she wants to continue Insure Oklahoma and is opposed to the President's plan to expand Medicaid.
You might get a tax break.
The governor also wants to cut the state income tax by .25 percent.
"Washington has taken every opportunity to raise your taxes, we should take every opportunity to lower them," Fallin said.