Republicans, Oklahomans torn on Fallin's tax increases

Fallin's proposed tax increases are not flying with some Republican lawmakers. (KTUL)

Todd Lamb is still our Lieutenant Governor, but on Thursday, he hung up his title as Oklahoma's Small Business Advocate.

"Roughly, a proposal from the Governor for 164 tax increases. Whether I'm officially the small business advocate or the relationships I have working with small businesses these past few years. All different industries have reached out to me concerned about these tax increases. What do we do to the bottom line of the small businesses and how would that be passed on to Oklahoma families," said Lamb.

In a statement, Governor Fallin was caught off-guard by the resignation. She found out through a press release, Fallin said she has provided a reality check as governor in relation to the budget's structural deficits. She says if we want to see things like teacher pay raises, the budget must be changed.

We spoke with Congressman Markwayne Mullin about Lamb's resignation.

"I can understand his frustration because it frustrates me too. If we're going to be a business-friendly state, we need to create a climate where businesses can thrive. This right here, wanting to tax services, it will hurt," said Congressman Mullin.

But people we spoke to on the streets of Tulsa say we need to face the music and raise taxes one way or another.

"It's not very popular to say in Oklahoma, but we probably need to put back the taxes that we cut," said Ron Miller.

"I think Oklahomans need to bite the bullet," said Brian Donnelly. "They want to complain about the lack of education funds, but then they want to complain about taxes. Listen, you're either going to pay more in state or local taxes and receive the benefit of increased services, or you're not going to pay any money, you're going to have extra money in your pocket but terrible roads, terrible education, and so on."

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