Governor Stitt Expected To Veto A Pair Of Budget Bills Wednesday

Wednesday, May 13th 2020, 6:43 am
By: Caleb Califano


Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has until Wednesday to line item veto, or even veto the whole budget plan proposed by the legislature. 

Overall, the governor says he and his team have a lot of other questions surrounding the budget.

They want to know why some agencies like tourism and the attorney generals office got increases while state revenues are low. They also have concerns with some policy issues, like license reform.

The governor is also concerned with what he says is more than $1 billion worth of structural shortfalls.

Governor Stitt says he doesn't want to sign anything that will cause problems for years to come.

“I am not going to put my signature to a budget that is going to cause us problems not only this year, but when we get back in here in nine months. Because you know what the conversation is going to be in nine months? Tax increases. I am not going to do that on hard-working Oklahomans,” said Governor Stitt.

The legislature could overturn the governor's veto with a two-thirds majority vote.