OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he is calling a special session of the Legislature beginning June 13 to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries and reduce the personal income tax for all Oklahomans.
Gov. Stitt says state lawmakers didn’t deliver relief to their constituents during closed-door budget negotiations, instead approving one-time $75 “inflation relief” checks that wouldn’t be delivered until December and a tax reduction on motor vehicle purchases.
“Families across Oklahoma are suffering from record inflation caused by President Biden’s disastrous policies,” said Gov. Stitt. “Oklahomans are paying skyrocketing prices to feed their families and need relief right now, not a check for a tank of gas that will come in December.”
“Oklahoma is one of just 13 states that taxes groceries, and it most affects the people who can least afford it. Our strong fiscal discipline over the years has given us the ability to eliminate this tax and now is the right time to do it,” Stitt continued.
Since the governor was not included in this year’s budget process, he announced he will let the FY23 state budget go into law without his signature, except for a line item veto removing $360,000 earmarked for printing Attorney General opinions as that expense is not required by law.
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