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Fallin: Election Landscape Creeps into Support for Taxes

Governor Fallin

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says many of her ideas for shoring up a $1.3 billion budget hole remain in play this session. But Fallin says many Republican legislators are hesitant to embrace major proposals like a tax increase or a bond issue until they know what kind of opposition they face in an election year. The filing period for candidates seeking office was moved from June to April a few years ago. If unopposed, a lawmaker might be more willing to make a politically tough vote to raise taxes or eliminate a popular tax exemption. All 101 House seats and half of the 48 Senate seats are up for re-election in the fall.