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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Americans for Prosperity-Oklahoma (AFP-OK) on Monday released the following statement in response to Governor Mary Fallin’s final State of the State address, in which she proposed a taxpayer-funded bailout of bad policies and reckless budgetary and spending practices:
“We are disappointed Governor Fallin thinks the only way to ‘restructure inefficient government entities’ is to saddle Oklahomans with nearly $800 million in new taxes. Propping up bad policies with more of Oklahomans’ hard-earned money will only reinforce the irresponsible behavior that got us here,” said AFP-OK State Director John Tidwell.
“Unless we look at meaningful reforms that address the roots of the problem, we are throwing good, taxpayer money after bad. Not only will we continue urging our lawmakers to reject legislation and tax hikes that will do nothing to right the ship, we will work to advance real reform measures that will control spending and require responsible budgeting practices. We don’t need a bigger government. We need a better government.”