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Governor Promises To Shrink Government And Improve School Safety

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Governor Fallin talked about her support for a school storm shelter plan. Governor Fallin talked about her support for a school storm shelter plan.
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Governor Mary Fallin delivered her fourth State of the State address Monday at the State Capitol.

She touched on schools, taxes, shrinking state government and other topics as well.

Governor Fallin talked about her support for a school storm shelter plan. She believes each school district should be given more taxing power to raise the money needed themselves.

"Oklahoma has 1800 schools, each built differently, each built with their own needs," Governor Fallin said.

She is also proposing an additional $50 Million more for education.

"Good education requires appropriate funding," Fallin said.

"50 million. It's a start. Praise God, but I don't believe it for a second," Democratic Representative Richard Morrissette, who doubts the $50 million will become a reality, added.

Democratic critics also attacked the Governor's plan to lower the state's income tax by .25%.

Few though are criticizing the Governor's plan for a bond issue to fund fixing what she calls a "crumbling capital building" that's "unsafe."

"The water stains on the walls downstairs. That's not just water it's raw sewage," Governor Fallin said.

The Governor is also trying to get rid of government waste. She's proposing a 5% cut across the board for many government agencies.

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