Gov. Mary Fallin made her State of the State speech the other day, trumpeting her bold (sic) new tax plan. In a phrase, it's all cuts all the time.
Whoo-hoo! Sooners will pay lower taxes! We'll all have more money and everyone will prosper!
But wait. This seems just a tad to good to be true.
In fact, the Tulsa World (and others) have noticed that the governor's budget numbers don't add up. For one thing, the governor assumes that lower taxes will, as the World put it, "immediately trigger economic growth."
Big maybe. This is the same "big maybe" that George W. Bush pushed for eight years in Washington, and we all know how well that worked out.
We expect a certain amount of baloney from the state's Republican leadership. But Gov. Fallin is hawking smoke and mirrors here, offering voodoo economics in place of realistic budget solutions.
Sure, we'd all love lower taxes. But we also want a state government that works well and serves its citizens in a fair and reasonable way. Based on her tax plan, the governor doesn't get it.