OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2020)— Governor Kevin Stitt today issued the following statement after vetoing the Oklahoma Legislature’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget (Senate Bill 1922):
“This budget was created behind closed doors, without meaningful input or consultation from the Executive Branch.
This proposed budget does not reflect the values of Oklahoma or the clear directive voters gave elected officials at the ballot box of living within our means and making hard decisions when times get tough. Instead, Senate Bill 1922 reflects misguided policies that conservative republicans have spent the past decade reversing. It is propped up with one-time funds that will not be available for Fiscal Year 2022.
As Governor, I was elected to manage the Executive Branch, which includes managing expenses and right-sizing agencies. This budget is going to back the state into a financial corner, which leaves us with very few options in FY 2022 – we will either have to raise taxes or implement draconian cuts. As Governor I am here to protect the taxpayer – not harm them.”
To read the governor's veto message for HB 2741, click here.
To read the governor's veto message for HB 7242, click here.
To read the governor's veto message for HB 2743, click here.
To read the governor's veto message for SB 1922, click here.