Gary Richardson, Republican candidate for Governor, issued a statement today in regard to the proposed budget deal announced by Governor Fallin.
"Once again, our GOP leaders have failed to follow the principles of their party by supporting massive tax increases on gasoline, beer, and cigarettes," said Richardson. "As much as I support increasing teacher pay, we must first audit every state agency, trust, and authority before considering ANY new tax increases."
Richardson continued, "I urge Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb to exercise his constitutional duties as President of the State Senate to reject this deal. He alone could step in and stop these tax increases by taking over the gavel in the State Senate. And if Lamb refuses to stand for conservative principles, I urge the GOP legislators to vote against this budget deal and demand a budget plan that will fund our budget without raising taxes."