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Candidates for Oklahoma governor speak out about budget

One day after House Bill 1033 failed, Republican candidates for governor were part of a debate in Tulsa. (KTUL)

One day after House Bill 1033 failed, Republican candidates for governor were part of a debate in Tulsa.

“I was disappointed some of the things didn’t pass but... We need to focus on the problems before we throw new revenue on it,” explained Kevin Stitt, one of the candidates, eager to take on Oklahoma’s issues, including a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says his plan would raise the gross production tax, which has become a controversial issue at the capitol.

“For five years now we have been telling teachers we are going to give them a raise we haven’t. We have the Department of Corrections. We need to invest in the future of Oklahoma,” said Jones.

The candidates are campaigning but the official filing date is not until April.

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