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Governor Strikes Out on Top Goal

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite having strong GOP majorities backing her up in the House and Senate, Governor Mary Fallin ended this year's legislative session without the income tax cut she has championed.

Fallin entered the session with an ambitious plan to deeply slash the state's income tax.

However, Republicans in the Legislature started chipping away at the plan, first by balking at eliminating the numerous deductions and exemptions that were to be used to help offset the cost of the plan.

Some even began to wonder aloud if the time was right to cut taxes at all.

The governor says she does not want to give up. Another tax cut plan could be before legislators in 2013.